Anna Wintour wants us to buy less clothes
Fashion power-house Anna Wintour has urged everyone to change their shopping habits in order to promote sustainability in fashion.
While speaking to Reuters, Wintour explained that we should be taking care of our clothes and passing them onto others, rather than simply getting rid of them after a few wears.
“I think for all of us it means an attention more on craft, on creativity, and less on the idea of clothes that are instantly disposable, things that you will throw away just after one reading…” explained Wintour. “[It’s all about] talking to our audiences, our readers, about keeping the clothes that you own, and valuing the clothes that you own and wearing them again and again, and maybe giving them on to your daughter, or son, whatever the case may be.”
During her interview with Reuters, Wintour also spoke about the way in which fashion has developed with regards to diversity and inclusivity, saying that in her opinion, the industry has been “a little bit late in the game”.
“We are seeing a far more diverse and inclusive representation on the runway, on our social media channels and also in the pages of our different magazines…” said Wintour. “I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have so many designers of colour in the United States. Until there is truly a voice at the table things will not change the way that they should. I feel we have a long way to go.”
Who is Anna Wintour?
As editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour has held the reins at fashion bible Vogue since 1988. She has a fearsome reputation, and wields enormous influence in terms of what we’re all wearing and who gets to make it big in the world of fashion.
In terms of Wintour’s charity work, she is probably best known for the annual Met Gala – raising funds for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. But Wintour has also raised enormous amounts of money for AIDS charities.
Is Anna Wintour an LGBTQ ally?
Wintour’s support for the LGBTQ community extends beyond fund-raising.
According to the Herald Sun, Wintour has also been speaking out and advocating for political change.
While in Melbourne, to deliver a speech during the Australian Open tennis championship, Wintour was asked her opinion about comments made by Margaret Court – an Australian tennis champion whose name is given to one of the main venues for the Australian Open.
Margaret Court has repeatedly made headlines for her homophobic statements against the LGBTQ community.
“I find it is inconsistent with the sport for Margaret Court’s name to be on the stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences…” said Wintour, in response to the question. “This much I think is clear to anyone who understands the spirit and joy of the game. Intolerance has no place in tennis. What we love in the stands is watching these remarkable men and women exceed themselves while being themselves in many different forms. Margaret Court was a champion on the court but a meeting point for players of all nations preferences and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off it as well.”
During the speech, Wintour had praised Australia for recently embracing marriage equality for the LGBTQ community – “The world sang in celebration with you…” said Wintour.
Wintour went on to criticise Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pointing to Australia’s protracted debate about LGBTQ students and staff in religious schools.
“Some responsibility rests with those of us who have opportunities to lead, whether in sport, in business, or like those of us in journalism with a voice…” said Wintour. “Like many of you, I have been alarmed by your Prime Minister’s record on LGBTQ rights, which seems backward in all senses. That no one can be expelled from school for their orientation should not require clarification. A government should protect its people and not make it unclear whether they will be accepted. We are struggling with these issues in the US too. Fortunately though, opportunities for leadership and change extend beyond the leaders of the moment. There are many different paths towards change, and all of us can make immediate strides.”
Anna Wintour sets the standard on how to be an LGBTQ ally.