Lily Cole Opens Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week Show With an Interpretative Dance About Climate Change

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RED OR DEAD

“The metaphor was the dance of the red shoes,” Westwood told the Associated Press backstage. Like the dancer snared by her shoes in Anderson’s dark fairytale, humankind too is locked in a course for disaster, she said.

Like the dancer snared by her shoes in Anderson’s fairytale, humankind too is locked in a course for disaster, Westwood said.

When the show drew to a close, Westwood and Cole emerged to urge everyone present to sign a climate change postcard addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The designer also made a plea against overconsumption. “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity,” she said. “Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”

Despite their antithetical natures, fashion and activism aren’t dueling concepts for Westwood, who juxtaposed English country-garden prints with the phrase “Climate Revolution” in her looks. “I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics,” she said. “Because I’m a fashion designer, it gives me a voice, which is really good.”

For her part, Cole said she had been nervous about her dance debut. Because she enjoyed her collaboration with Westwood so much, however, she didn’t consider it work. “I’m doing it for the love of it, and to try to communicate the values we both believe in,” she told the Telegraph. “I also did it because it scared me. I’ve never danced live before. I think it’s important to challenge yourself in life.”

+ Associated Press

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One Response to “Lily Cole Opens Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week Show With an Interpretative Dance About Climate Change”

  1. stephaniejlee (@stef_lee) says:

    I LOVE this!! Good for her for using her fashion show as more of an art performance and a platform for an important political issue. I have nothing but admiration and respect for her! Wonderful!

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