Masks changing fashion

Russian Instagram influencer Tair Marassulov in his Louis Vuitton-inspired mask – via Instagram @tair_marassulov

Where I live in Center City Philadelphia, people are still going outside to complete the necessary practices of life, including walking the dog and buying groceries. I’ve seen many people wearing medical-grade masks and homemade masks made at their kitchen tables or bought from Amazon. Others wear more unique protection, including sleep masks, American Airlines masks, and even iced-out gas masks.

     Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has asked that people wear masks or face coverings where social distancing is impossible. The purpose of wearing a mask isn’t—necessarily—to protect the person wearing it, but rather those around him, in case he is asymptomatic and can spread the virus to others.

     Many high-profile figures in mainstream media have also started wearing masks and other protective gear while traveling. There are several masks advertised as Gucci or Louis Vuitton selling on eBay for over two hundred dollars; however, these masks lack authentication. Some of the masks being sold are just an accessory and may not protect the wearer from the virus, which is not airborne but rather transmitted in droplets that are spread when the infected individual sneezes or coughs.

     But most masks can be used as protection from the virus and show the resilience of the designer clothing market, as they look to survive what could be an economic depression. While wearing a mask might not protect you from COVID-19, it can stop the spread of the virus—and they look dope.