The BAFTAs 2020 kick off tonight, and while the celebration of new, rich and diverse storytelling may have been overlooked (#BAFTAsSoWhite, yet again) in favor of pale, male, and stale safe bets (see Joker’s 11 nominations, plus The Irishman and Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’s 10 each), we’re hoping the red carpet proves a more exciting offering.
How? Well, sustainability is the No. 1 agenda in the fashion industry right now, and while actors across the board have historically used the red carpet as a chance to flex their best-dressed muscles and turn out iconic looks, those behind awards season can no longer bury their heads in the sand when it comes to fashion’s carbon footprint.
As a key aspect of its pledge to become more eco-conscious, BAFTA has asked its star-studded guest list to wear an outfit they already own, or to choose a more sustainably-minded option. "Sustainability is very important to BAFTA and we’re doing more than ever before," a spokesperson told Harper's Bazaar.
"The goal is that the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 will be carbon neutral, working towards having a net positive impact on the environment. From travel and food, to branding and materials, BAFTA is ensuring the awards are as sustainable as possible."
We already saw fashion activism unfold at January’s Golden Globes, where Phoebe Waller-Bridge announced that she would auction off her custom Ralph & Russo suit to raise funds for the Australian bushfires, while Joaquin Phoenix teamed up with queen of green fashion, Stella McCartney, by wearing a custom suit by the British designer to every film awards event of the season in order to promote waste reduction.
While the BAFTAs has a long way to go in creating an inclusive and diverse celebration of film, this sustainability drive is a positive move for the ceremony. So, how did stars answer this rallying cry for a more mindful approach to their red carpet choices? Click through to find out…
Little Women's leading woman, Saoirse Ronan, in Gucci.Photo by REX/Shutterstock
End of the F***ing World and Star Wars: Episode IX's Naomi Ackie in a lime Valentino dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. Photo By Getty Images
Midsommar and Little Women star Florence Pugh in Dries van Noten.Photo by REX/Shutterstock
Queen & Slim's Jodie Turner-Smith.Photo by REX/Shutterstock
Big Little Lies' Zoë Kravitz in gold Saint Laurent.Photo By Getty Images
The true star of Sex Education, Gillian Anderson, in a Camilla & Marc dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. Photo By Getty Images
One third of Charlie's Angels, Ella Balinska in Jean Baptiste de Vallee.Photo By Getty Images
John Boyega stuns in red.Photo by REX/Shutterstock
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