Billie Eilish wore a stunning Oscar de La Renta ball gown for her Met Gala debut on Monday.
But Eilish told the brand that she would only wear the dress if they stopped selling fur.
She convinced Oscar de la Renta’s managing director to finally change his policy.
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What you saw on the Met Gala red carpet was Billie Eilish making her debut in a stunning Oscar de la Renta dress in peach tulle.
But what you might not know is that, behind the scenes, Eilish used her influence to enact a major shift in the brand’s design policy.
Eilish told the brand she would only wear the Oscar de la Renta on the biggest fashion night of the year if the brand stopped selling fur, according to the New York Times.
And after years of waiting on pleas – even from inside the company – the iconic label has agreed with the 19-year-old vegan and animal rights activist.
Eilish told The Times Jessica Testa that she was “honored to have been a catalyst” in the fashion house, adding that she was shocked that “wearing fur is not completely banned at this point in 2021” .
Creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim told The Times they haven’t incorporated fur into their designs in years and told Oscar de la Renta chief executive Alex Bolen that the brand should stop making fur. use it completely.
Bolen allowed them to stop including fur in runway models, but still had the tag selling fur products in stores, even after his mother-in-law (and Oscar’s widow from the Renta) Annette told her that she thought the practice “was barbaric”. according to the Times.
But when Eilish issued an ultimatum to the brand, Bolen decided it was time to take Oscar de la Renta’s own advice.
“I thought a lot about what Oscar said – he was a huge fan of fur, by the way – that the only thing that really worried him in the fashion world was that his eye was getting old,” he said. Bolen told the publication. “I have to surround myself with people with different points of view.”
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