There is no doubt as to the most powerful image during Milan Fashion Week. Not Italy’s world-famous designers showing their wares; nor models on the runway in a state of undress; nor the inevitable celebrities posing for pictures.
It was that picture of activist Greta Thunberg holding a placard and imploring fellow young citizens to believe that there is no “No Planet B”- and that there is something they can do to save the climate. The vision jerked to attention people surfing the net or glancing at a newspaper front page.
“Fashion” – although that word is never clearly defined – is foremost in the current struggle to stop waste and pollution. The big picture is the textile industry and factories churning out gas and filth across the world may be a major danger to the planet. But fashion has become symbolic of wasteful frivolity in a serious situation.
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Some designers themselves have cried mea culpa (‘I am to blame’) although Italy itself is a world hub of skills and handcraft that serves the highest echelons of fashion across the globe.