Sustainability is the Latest Trend on the Red Carpet

Joaquin Phoenix winning the Lead Actor for "Joker" at the 92nd Annual Academy Award in February 2020. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10548150ny)

It’s rare to see celebrities re-wearing outfits or wearing recycled gowns on the red carpet, but at the 2020 Oscars, we saw the biggest A-listers making an effort to be more eco-friendly. The theme throughout the night was sustainability, and many stars took part in the trend, but these were our favorites.

Joaquin Phoenix

The Joker actor has been a big winner at the award ceremonies this year, and he’s actually worn the same Stella McCartney tuxedo suit to all the 2020 red carpets to promote sustainable fashion. This fits right in with his values, as he’s an environmentalist and animal rights supporter.

Elizabeth Banks

There’s finally proof that the Pitch Perfect star doesn’t age—she wore the same dress to the 2020 Oscars that she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2004. Even 16 years later, Banks looks flawless in the red Badgley Mischka dress with a plunging neckline. The only thing the actress changed was the back of the dress, which is simplified without the crystallized details, and she switched up her jewelry.

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Then (2004) and Now (2020) #recycle #radvocacy

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Saorise Ronan

The Irish actor, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Little Women, wore a Gucci custom-made black and lavender dress, and the black part was made from re-purposed material from the BAFTA gown she wore last week.

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She'll get her Oscar someday 🤗 #saoirseronan

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Kaitlyn Dever

The Booksmart actress also wore an ethically-made Louis Vuitton dress, which was made with eco-responsible silk satin and featured Swarovski crystals and beads. Dever said on the red carpet that “I’m here supporting sustainable clothing. It’s really important.” 

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is not only known for her acting, she’s also an activist. She presented the Best Picture award in an Elie Saab red-beaded dress with ethical jewelry, but it wasn’t just her accessories that were eco-friendly—she wore the same dress at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Prior to the event, she captioned her Instagram post, “At Oscars wearing Pomellato jewelry, because it only uses responsible, ethically-harvested gold and sustainable diamonds.”

Sandy Powell

The costume designer of The Irishman first wore the cream suit to the BAFTAs before wearing it to the Oscars. She had celebrities like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Saoirse Ronan, Woody Harelson, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, and Renée Zellweger sign the suit before it’s auctioned off to charity through the Art Fund in honor of her late friend and mentor Derek Jarman, a filmmaker and artist.