Extinction Rebellion threw a guerilla fashion show in New York

Members of XR Youth took to the streets to show what a sustainable fashion show could look like

When Extinction Rebellion held a funeral for London Fashion Week last year, it garnered a shit ton of attention. The environmental group, all dressed in black, took over the streets outside LFW HQ, surrounding two coffins with the words ‘LFW 1983 - 2019’ and ‘Our Future’ emblazoned across them. 

Given the AW20 season is now fully underway, and LFW is just around the corner, it seems the activists have, for now, been unsuccessful in their goal – not that this has deterred a group of NYC teenagers from staging their own fashion week protest. 

Standing outside the city’s Spring Studios, where runway shows frequently take place, members of Extinction Rebellion’s youth arm assembled, quickly taking their coats off to reveal handmade, upcycled garments, made from McDonald’s bags, bubble wrap, and repurposed items of existing clothing. 

Going on to take their own turn on the runway (see: street), their intention was to demonstrate what a sustainable fashion show might look like. “We’re taking some inspiration from the London protests, but it’s also really different with a different message,” Sophie Anderson, a coordinator for XR Youth told Vogue. “Fashion has a lot of problems in terms of sustainability, but the people at the shows are some of the most creative people on the planet, and we want them to join our movement.”

In London, Extinction Rebellion has confirmed it will hold another protest at 180 The Strand during this weekend’s AW20 shows. “We understand that the cancellation of fashion week seems like an impossibility. But we believe that stopping fashion weeks as we know them is necessary,” a spokesperson from the group confirmed.