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CULTURE – “In America: a fashion lexicon”. The Met Gala 2021 honored this Monday, September 13 American fashion, its diversity and its inventiveness in order to present the traditional retrospective of the “Costume Institute”.
The launch of this exhibition, which always goes hand in hand with this quintessential New York social gathering held under the aegis of fashion priestess Anna Wintour, is an opportunity to raise funds for the museum, but also for the big fashion brands to dress the stars.
Among the celebrities, some stood out for their absence, others of course for their outfit. This is particularly the case of Billie Eilish who appeared in a look that her fans are not used to.
The 19-year-old singer, who until this summer had her hair dyed black and neon green and wore loose clothing with big logos, appeared platinum blonde in a flesh tulle dress with a train of more than 4 meters. A radical and ultra glamorous change signed Oscar de la Renta.
And the singer didn’t just light up the red carpet on 5th Avenue in New York City. With this dress, Billie Eilish forced the brand to change its practices. Vegan for several years and committed to the defense of animals, the young woman demanded in return from the fashion house that it stop selling fur. What the brand has accepted.
Nothing was won, however. As the story goes New York Times, the current director of the brand, Alex Bolen, had so far refused to exclude animal fur from his collections despite repeated requests from his professional entourage.
When Billie Eilish’s team was approached over the summer to have her wear an Oscar de la Renta dress, the answer was clear: the singer won’t be working with houses that market fur. Bolen then realized that he “had to listen to what young people, in particular, had to say” and agreed to put an end to this disparaged and now largely neglected practice in fashion.
“I find it shocking that wearing fur is not totally prohibited in 2021,” said the singer to the New York Times, saying she is “honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on the subject”.
Find in the slideshow below her dress and the look of many other personalities invited to walk the red carpet.
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