Extinction Rebellion activists are campaigning for the cancellation of London Fashion Week.
The socio-political movement was established in May 2018, with members seeking to protest against climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and the demonstrations ramped up in April, when activists occupied five prominent sites in central London.
Now, organisers at Extinction Rebellion have taken to social media to announce that they plan to hold events calling for the end of the British capital’s biggest fashion event, which is due to run from 12-17 September.
“We face an existential threat if we do not change course by 2020, yet meaningful action has not yet begun,” a representative wrote on Instagram, along with a picture featuring the words “Cancel London Fashion Week” in bold font. “We need culture to lead the way. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries and one of the most influential. Fashion should be a cultural signifier of our times, and yet it still adheres to an archaic system of seasonal fashion and relentless newness at a time of emergency.”
They went on to claim that they had sent a letter to British Fashion Council (BFC) bosses, including chief executive officer Caroline Rush, last month, urging them to scrap the upcoming shows and to declare a “climate and ecological emergency”.
“We will not stand by while the natural world is being taken from beneath our feet. We will send a clear sign to the fashion industry that business, as usual, is leading us to extinction,” an organiser added.
In a Facebook post, members of Extinction Rebellion also claimed they will be holding “actions” from 13-16 September and will hold a “funeral procession” at 6 pm on the Strand on 17 September to symbolise the “death” of the spectacle.
The BFC is yet to issue an official statement on the potential protests.
Temperley London, Molly Goddard, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Victoria Beckham, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, and Burberry are all slated to hold presentations during London Fashion Week.
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