Anna Wintour has urged fashion industry leaders to “rethink” their values amid the coronavirus crisis.
The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief participated in a conversation with Naomi Campbell for her No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube on Wednesday, with the pair discussing what the business will look like once the Covid-19 pandemic begins to ease.
Accordingly, Wintour insisted that now is the time for designers, businesspeople, and models to consider how they can become much more sustainable.
“I feel very strongly that when we come out the other end, which we will do, that people’s values are really going to have shifted,” she said. “I think it is an opportunity for all of us to look at our industry and to look at our lives and to rethink our values and to think about the waste, amount of money, and consumption and excess that we’ve all – and I include myself in this – indulged in. We need to rethink what this industry stands for. In that regard, I think it has been a moment when everyone has been taking the time to think about how we should move forward.”
Wintour went on to note that A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief that she has set up alongside Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman Tom Ford, has already raised $5 million (£4 million) and attracted 850 applicants. She and Ford hope to give away between $10,000 and $100,000 (£8,000 – £80,000) to “as many people as we possibly can”.
Elsewhere in the chat, the editor also reflected on the postponement of the 2020 Met Gala, but did not give an indication as to when exactly the annual fashion event might take place.
“We had to think of the health and safety of everybody. Of course, it’s a magical night and night I care deeply about – we raise a great deal of much-needed funds for the Costume Institute – but we are hopeful that we will be opening the exhibition in October and that people will have the opportunity to see (curator) Andrew Bolton’s incredible work,” the 70-year-old added. “There will be other opportunities for us to all come together.”
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