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Did the Oscars go green? Sustainable fashion seen on this year’s red carpet

With Hollywood stars being urged to make eco-friendly choices for red carpet season, who heeded the call at the 92nd Academy Awards?

Did the Oscars go green? Sustainable fashion seen on this year’s red carpet

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci at the 92nd Academy Awards. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The glitz, the glam, the fashion. Awards season is wrapping up with the 2020 Oscars, the year’s most anticipated display of evening wear and haute couture.

While the BAFTAs urged guests to make sustainable choices on the red carpet as part of its efforts to be a carbon neutral awards ceremony, according to The Guardian, fashion insiders had warned Hollywood stars not to wear sequins to the Oscars, citing their toxic environmental impact.

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We were rather disappointed to see some stars ignoring the call, including actresses Rebel Wilson, Brie Larson and Maya Rudolph, who took to the red carpet in dresses bedazzled with sequins. Stylish, yes. But eco-friendly? Probably not. 

Brie Larson in a sequined caped gown at the 2020 Oscars. Style statement or environmental faux pas? (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

We were, however, heartened to see that there were at least a few stars championing sustainability on the red carpet. These are the Hollywood A-listers proving that eco is the new glamour.

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Kaitlyn Dever in a sustainable gown by Louis Vuitton. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Bookmark star was one of the first few to hit the red carpet, and she did so dressed in a sustainable, ruby red Louis Vuitton dress. The gown was made from eco-friendly silk satin and embroidered with Swarovski crystals and beads. Dever topped off the look with a matching red shawl and heels from eco-friendly brand, Aldo. 


Saoirse Ronan in a Gucci gown, made from the same fabric as her BAFTAs dress. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Saoirse Ronan’s peplum Gucci gown was a subtle nod to sustainability, made from the same black fabric used for the star’s gown at the BAFTAs. The gown featured a plunging black and white top and a periwinkle coloured skirt, which matched the star’s purple eyeshadow. The Little Women actress also debuted bangs on the red carpet, with the rest of her hair pulled into an elegant updo.


Lea Seydoux, who will star in the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die , hit the red carpet in a white-belted halter top gown crafted by Louis Vuitton. The gown's organic voluminous skirt was created from tencel luxe, a type of eco-friendly yarn engineered for environmental responsibility. The actress accessorised with custom Vuitton sandals.


Elena Andreicheva (right) accepts the award for Best Short Documentary in a grey ethical gown. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Filmmaker Elena Andreicheva, who took home the award for Best Short Documentary, wore a custom, eco-conscious gown designed by LA-based designer, Laura Basci. The gown, hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals, was also made from tencel luxe, blended with cashmere. 


Joaquin Phoenix reused the same Stella McCartney tuxedo. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

In a bid to reduce waste, Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix made good on his promise to reuse the same Stella McCartney tuxedo for the entire awards season. He wore the same suit to the Golden Globes, and the second outing of the tux is now at the Oscars, with a slight addition – a pair of black shades. Phoenix is a lifelong vegan, and reports claim that the Joker actor was purportedly responsible for the vegan meal served at this year’s Golden Globes.

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