On April 12 2019 the extinction rebellion global emergency group held a silent catwalk protest titled “fashion circus of excess” ran by XR fashion action in Oxford Circus, highlighting the damaging impact of the fashion industry on our planet.
At 6.30pm a large group of people blocked off the crossroad at Oxford Circus tube station, with large pink flags and colourful leaflets promoting extinction rebellion. Everyone talking about the fast fashion industry and how damaging it can be, justifying ways in order to bypass these problems.
The objective of the event was to cause alarm over how the fashion industry and fuelling the climate and ecological emergency as the industry is set to consume one quarter of the worlds carbon budget by 2050.
A number of models started walking along a pink crossroad catwalk in modern, iconic and recycled fashion statements. Cutting edge designers had been supporting the event such as Safia Minney from Fair Trade, Traid’s Maria Chenoweth and Dame Vivenne Westwood.
The catwalk brought pollution masks alongside single use plastic bags pained in pink with the extinction rebellion symbol plastered all over them.
The designer of the “fashion circus of excess” Voilet Vega is an independent fashion brand owner making custom made pieces while being ethical with up-cycling. The whole collection was made waste free. Voilet states “even the straggly bits that usually get left behind I managed to make necklaces and varies of other items out of them”.
The designs throughout the collection demonstrated a modern twist on up-cycling and reusing clothes, every model there was wearing a charity store brought or waste tip piece yet dramatising it in a way that was very unique and current within fashion, especially streetwear.
After the event everyone felt a sense of determination and interest into extinction rebellion's stand against the climate crisis. The mixture of creative up-cycled designs that match high fashion brands seen in the windows really displayed our way to change.