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Outrage and Optimism
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Listen now to snippet “Stella McCartney on Vegan Fashion Design” from Outrage and Optimism. How and why she chose her luxury fashion house to animal-free.
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Yeah, it is true. I was once 12 years old. It is a miracle. Yeah. You know what happened with me? I grew up on a nor Ganic farm in the middle of Thebes. Fish, countryside. Andi. I was brought up a vegetarian eso the idea of killing animals in any way. Um, certainly to eat them was really something that I didn't buy into on. I was very fortunate that I grew up in in a way that, you know, opened my eyes to the world. And I had a very sort of, I think, forward thinking set of parents, you know, that really looked at the world with a different set of eyes. So I was very fortunate on Blessed Thio start off life in that way. Andi. I grew up in a creative home. Andi, I knew that I wanted to do something creative, and it was really fashion that caught my attention. And I was very passionate about it from a very, very early age. When I was 12, I made my 1st 1st jacket and it was out of faux suede, actually, because yeah, I always knew I wasn't going to use an animal product Aziz part of my my fashion design. Andi. It really then went further. When I was lucky enough to get a job, I went to school. I went thio I'm a great art college called Central Saint Martins in London. And I did my degree show and even then I didn't use any leather. I had ALS fabric shoes and I was very conscious. I just might. The idea of being hypocritical really wasn't something that I felt comfortable with. And also I had very public parents and we were very public, I think animal activist family. So it wasn't like I was ever going to kind of then really compromise my ethics and my beliefs Thio make of leather handbag and leather shoes. You know, I was you know, I've always been very, very proud of the fact that people accepted that off me in the industry and as a freak in the world of fashion. They still came to me and they still wanted to subscribe Thio my way of thinking. And so you describe Aziz? They accepted you as a freak. Um, not the kind of description that I would put on that, But you were the absolute first, right? You really began to cut that path into no animal, completely animal free fashion. I think we're still the only ones. And the first even then. And I think you know the show that we'll have tomorrow here in La Pagani where we're sitting right now. Um, it will be still the first and only or not first because I'm doing it forever. But it is the only luxury fashion house. Thio have a completely cruelty free collection and you know, that's interesting. I think that what's happened with me growing up I was Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney's child, and so that afforded me my foot in the door. And it gave people a reason to stage to be, you know. But it made people, I think want a part of what I had to offer, perhaps, and eso part of my career was very much can she prove herself beyond this this title, if you like on then I think what happened was I was slowly. I proved that. You know, people want to wear my clothes and I could do my job, and then I was still this strange ICO widow that really wanted to look at things differently on didn't buy into really the core business of fashion is leather. Actually, you know, on Bond, I think slowly what happened and certainly over the last couple of years just now, people have made that connection between environmental issues on, you know, fashion and the harm that we have to contribute as an industry on DSO. That's a conversation I've been afforded toe have more. Well, that's where I wanted to ask you. Do you Do you see a change? You say you are still the only one. Are there some tiptoeing in your direction? There are. I mean, most houses of merit have given up for so over the last year. Um, here's what happened. Yeah, I know. When was that? I think it's happened because young people won't stand for it now. And you know, for has been in and out of fashion. We've all seen so many campaigns and so many movements where we thought we had hoped and fashion was gonna you know for was going toe leave leave the landscape of fashion. But sadly, it's a fickle industry and we are fickle us humans and, you know things come in and out of fashion. So it kind of crept back in. And and of course, there's still a ton of for out there in the for body is a very powerful body. And on they're protecting themselves and their markets that are booming and for But at the end of the day, right now, for in my opinion, when number one is deeply cruel and deeply unnecessary because the alternatives are far better for the environment, far better for the animals on do you cannot tell the difference, Andi people don't look young in for they don't. They come across as old fashioned, you know, and and so we're in a good moment for that last century. There is hope in that area of the conversation. And people have joined my thoughts on that because, yeah, I was certainly one of the first to not do for on DNA. Now I think this show you'll see tomorrow I'm really opened up this conversation of Okay, you've all accepted and acknowledge that we're one of the most harmful industries in the world to the environment. And now you've opened up the conversation about for but are you actually have you got the bollocks, if you don't mind. My friend Thio actually look a animals Onda farming of animals and the connection not only to the environment there, but also the cruelty, the deep cruelty and the deaths that we're you know, we're we're part off, you know, and
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