The Suffragettes : Millennial rebels is a collaboration between fine art photographer Nicolas Laborie and milliner Claire Strickland and about the suffrage movement. The movement is a women's organisation in the late-19th and early-20th centuries which advocated the extension of the the right to vote in public elections, to women. The Suffragettes were militants who fought and even died for the cause.The Suffragettes : Millennial rebels are presented in an historical photographic process created in the 19th century - wet plate collodion photography. To celebrate the 100 years anniversary for the vote for women inUK - Representation of the People Act 1918 - Nicolas Laborie & Claire Strickland invited young millennial women to pose and reflect on what the anniversary means to them. The young women, aged 16to20 years old are here represented as Suffragettes who fought for the right to vote for women in UK.
Including Sylvia, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the the Women's Social and Political Union(WSPU).InThe Suffragettes : Millennial rebels These young women wore vintage Victorian and Edwardian clothes but also unique creations : The hats were designed and created especially for the series by milliner Claire Strickland.Milliner Claire Strickland looked at the history behind the movement as well as each militant including Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, Sophia Duleep Singh, Sikh princess, god daughter to Queen Victoria and seller of The Suffragette newspaper and Edith Bessie New who chained herself to the railings of10 Downing Street shouting "Votes for Women!”.During the making of the series, we started a dialogue with the young women about the importance of Representation of the People Act 1918 but also the Suffragettes struggles. Reflecting on their 21st Century lives, for some leading to their first vote and to others for what it meant to them to finally have a voice at the ballot.
InThe Suffragettes : Millennial rebels, also presented is Vanitas inspired photographs of the each hat with symbolic elements of each militant.
From the Vote for Women sash, to victorian handcuffs and the chain or a copy of the Suffragettes newspaper, carefully selected items bring a sense of life to each still photograph.The Suffragettes : Millennial rebels exhibition which will run during International Women`s History Month2018, consist of unique hats, wet plate collodion originals and will feature a panel talk during the exhibition.