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The planet needs to be in fashion this Second Hand September

21 September 2021

Edeline Lee AW20 Presentation

Second Hand September, a pledge started by Oxfam for the month associated with Fashion Week and new A/W collections, is a global movement to encourage everyone to rethink the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Fast fashion in particular is a problem that has been increasingly highlighted in the past decade. A number of documentaries, activists and campaigns are spreading the news of its impact, including Fashion Revolution: a team of brands, business leaders and policymakers who work towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced, and consumed.

In recognition of this important movement, we’re highlighting conversations with Change Makers who are working hard to bring good and necessary change within the industry – not just for September, but for the months and years to come.

 

Running out of time: why the planet needs to be in fashion – Arizona Muse, Model & Activist

Fashion model and climate activist Arizona Muse spoke with Michael about her journey from model to activist. Since the start of her career in 2010, Arizona has fronted campaigns and walked in shows for every designer from Burberry to Dior, as well as appearing on the cover of each major Vogue. Once described by the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour as ‘the new face of American fashion’, Arizona is now using this deep-rooted influence to campaign for a more sustainable, environmentally conscious and transformative future of fashion. 

She has protested alongside Extinction Rebellion and embraced the role of sustainability consultant for fashion companies who wish to review their environmental impact. She sits on the board of The Sustainable Angle, a non-profit organisation that initiates and supports projects that minimise the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and contributes to Fashion Revolution. 

Her love for the planet led her to deliver this call to action: ‘This season’s must-have is the continuation of life on earth’, capturing her