Creative Design: Graduate

Women, Life, Freedom

  • Bahar Hashemian Esfahani orcid logo (Iowa State University)


This design employs apparel as a medium for communication, emphasizing the Iranian women's resistance against social injustice and rights violations. It symbolizes women's resilience and raises awareness of human rights issues, especially post Mahsa Amini's tragic death due to improper hijab. Inspired by Iran's Azadi Tower, symbolizing 'Liberty,' the design incorporates woven pieces resembling women's hair and the reunification of diverse groups. The map of Iran highlights the revolution's starting point with a red bullet hole. Red-painted and beaded details depict bullet holes, symbolizing the violence during the 'Women, Life,Freedom' revolution. Digital pattern printing minimizes fabric waste,showcasing apparel design's potential for social and political movements. This paper contributes to viewing fashion as an activism tool, advocating for global human rights.

Keywords: Digital printing, women’s rights, freedom for Iran, Mahsa Amini

How to Cite:

Hashemian Esfahani, B., (2024) “Women, Life, Freedom”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
23 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed