Extinction Rebellion Protestor Crashes Dior Runway In Paris

A woman holding a banner reading “We are all fashion victims” infiltrated the catwalk at Christian Dior’s show in Paris, walking the runway so calmly.

Jessica David

October 1, 2020

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If a protestor glides down a catwalk wordlessly during Paris Fashion Week, with a sign nobody in the audience understands, does their message get heard? Top LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton executives – including chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault – were left scratching their heads on Tuesday (September 29), when a woman got up at the end of the Dior Spring 2021 show and unfurled a yellow banner painted with the words: “We Are All Fashion Victims.” In a corner of the flag was the extinction symbol used by environmental protestors.

The symbol is usually used by climate action group Extinction Rebellion, which last year disrupted London Fashion Week with a series of demonstrations. A spokeswoman for the group in London confirmed that it was behind these protests. Given that Dior creative director of women’s wear Maria Grazia Chiuri regularly uses the catwalk as a platform for activist messages, not everyone was sure whether the moment was planned or not. “I think it was part of the show. It’s hard to tell these days,” Antoine Arnault, head of communications and image at LVMH, said immediately after the show.

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