Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Vivienne Westwood takes on climate change

viv-westwood.jpg
vivienne-westwood.jpg
t-shirt.jpg

The fashion world is famed for its philanthropy – and it’s always exciting to buy an original designer piece AND give money to charity – but a collaboration between Dame Westwood and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has got us more excited than ever. Modelled by celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Gillian Anderson, all proceeds go to EJF’s No Place Like Home campaign, which is raising awareness for the plight of people who have been forced from their homes due to climate change. Stylist spoke exclusively to Vivienne about the project.

What motivated you to work with the EJF?

I was approached by three women from EJF to help support their campaign. They spoke with such passion about the climate refugees they’d met. Raising awareness on climate change is such an important part of what EJF does – producing free, objective information in a way that everyone can understand.

Other than buying your T-shirt, what else can people do?

People should not consume without thought, buying up stuff all the time. Buy less and make it last; if you love something, wear it all the time. Find things that suit you.

Did friends support you with the EJF charity campaign?

The first thing I did to begin fundraising for rainforest conservation was to take money from my own business, then I thought, ‘I’m going to ask models and fashion people to help me’. I’ve had huge support from my friends in the industry.

Why do you think people still flock to your fashion shows every season?

I offer people choice. I’m still faithful to the same political motives, however to be subversive today you must try to uphold standards of quality and taste, give people the chance to put something together that creates an impression. My clothes are more anti-establishment than ever before.

T-shirt, £20, available from 4 May at Selfridges, Vivienne Westwood (in stores and viviennewestwood. co.uk) and ejfoundation.org

Related

fabulous-ethical-fashion.jpg

20 ethical fashion finds

vivienne-splash.jpg

Dining with Vivienne Westwood

westwood-splash.jpg

LFW Day 3: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Comments

More

Ascot looks from the Stylist team

Ascot kicks off with Ladies' Day and glorious sunshine. Our Ascot oufits are a mixture of high street and designer pieces that adhere to the dress codes. Here’s what the Stylist team wore to the first two days.

by The Stylist web team
22 Jun 2017

Swarovski heiress gets wed in 46kg of glittering crystals

Seven stone of dedication to the family brand

by Amy Swales
22 Jun 2017

Did Elizabeth II send a political message with her Queen’s Speech hat?

People think she was sending a political message with her choice of millinery

by Moya Crockett
21 Jun 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

20 Jun 2017

How to dress for hot weather if you hate summer clothes

“What do you mean, I can’t wear a turtleneck jumper in June?”

by Moya Crockett
19 Jun 2017

Would you wear this label’s new crotchless jeans?

Y/Project is switching up denim again

by Amy Swales
15 Jun 2017

Shopping mall kicks out woman wearing “inappropriate” Finding Nemo top

"Slut-shaming needs to stop"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
14 Jun 2017

How to buy Reese Witherspoon’s fashion line in the UK

Draper James is now available to Brit fans

by Amy Swales
07 Jun 2017

Where to buy Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester charity jumper

All profits go to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Jun 2017

The secret fashion detail we all missed in The Handmaid’s Tale

There’s more to those costumes than meets the eye...

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Jun 2017