Known for being vocal about issues close to her heart (such as body shaming and mental health), Billie Eilish continues to be trailblazer, starting conversation and sparking change — this time she has done so at “fashion’s biggest night out”.
Channeling Marilyn Monroe, an aesthetic she has been leaning into for the promotion of her latest album “Happier Than Ever”, Billie wore a show-stopping nude tulle Oscar De La Renta gown to the 2021 Met Gala.
Ahead of the event, however, Billie Eilish was negotiating the brand’s policy— agreeing to be dressed by the designer in exchange for the brand terminating all fur sales, The New York Times reports. Bille further told The Times, “[it’s] shocking that wearing fur isn’t completely outlawed at this point in 2021.”
Despite not having used fur in new designs for a number of years, the brand has continued to sell fur products in store, brand chief executive Alex Bolen explaining it “[made up] a meaningful amount of sales and profit.” In speaking to The Times the CEO continued, explaining Oscar De La Renta (prior to his passing in 2014) “was a big fan of fur— but the one thing he really worried about in the fashion business was his eye getting old…I have to surround myself with people with different point of view,” he says of the brand’s relationship with Eilish.
As a vegan and animal rights activist, Billie told The Times “I’m [honoured] to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter.”
And that’s on Gen Z taking over the Met Gala.