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How Sustainable Was The Oscars Red Carpet?

by: Rosie Dalton | 4 months ago | News

Image: Margot Robbie wearing vintage Chanel couture. Image source

If you followed the BAFTAs coverage, then you’ll know that almost all of the attendees ignored the event’s sustainable dress code this year. And with the 92nd Academy Awards going down in LA right now, we’re rounding up how sustainable that event has been, in comparison. In short? Not very.

This is disappointing, considering celebs were urged to ditch sequins at this year’s Oscars, to help save the oceans. “Like the fashion industry itself, sequins may be shiny on the outside but they hide serious socio-environmental impacts,” said Traid’s Leigh McAlea of the petroleum-based plastics that pollute our planet and take hundreds of years to break down.

Yet, still, the Oscars 2020 red carpet was awash with sequins. Everyone from Brie Larson to Rebel Wilson was bedecked with the shiny pieces of plastic this year. Some attendees, however, did make an effort to be more sustainable this year.

Joaquin Phoenix, for example, wore the same Stella McCartney tux that he’s vowed to wear to every event this awards season. Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever also wore a red Louis Vuitton gown that was made with ethically sourced and sustainable materials. This was in support of the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative. "Supporting sustainable clothing is really important," Kaitlyn said, adding that vintage is often ideal. "With fashion, I think you can think a little bit before buying something new."

Oscar-nominated Aussie actress Margot Robbie also teamed up with her Hollywood stylist Kate Young, to choose vintage. “We discovered this Nineties couture gown in Chanel’s archive back in December 2019” Young told Vogue. It’s very similar to the short dress that Claudia Schiffer wore on Karl Lagerfeld’s spring/summer 1994 couture runway, but it was made for a client so it’s truly unique”.

Robbie’s choice was deliberately political, too. “Filmmaker Andrew Morgan’s 2015 documentary The True Cost and every article that has been written about the fashion system has affected the way we all think about clothes,” Young said. “I collect vintage pieces, so it excites me when something feels super new when it’s old.”

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