Vivienne Westwood wants people to stop buying clothes

Andreas Kronthaler and Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood has urged people to cut down on the amount of clothing they buy.

The 78-year-old has discussed the devastating impact the fashion industry is having on the environment in a new interview with Naomi Campbell for British Vogue.

Westwood stated that climate change has affected the world so severely something "has got to happen this year, or else we're too late".

"It's not enough to just live the life you've got already. You've got to stick to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle," the veteran designer explained, before adding that people can buy less and cut down on their fast-fashion footprint. "You reduce the clothes you're buying; you buy quality not quantity, (and) make sure you want to keep on wearing it. Go to work in an evening dress if you want."

The icon also shared that people can make one of their old T-shirts into a Vivienne Westwood original by taking it into any of her boutiques and asking employees to paint "BUY LESS" onto the garment.

Westwood added that her work as an activist and a designer are intertwined, because it's "very, very important" to look good if you want to make a point "because then people (take you seriously)".

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell revealed that Westwood had taken her and Kate Moss for tea in London when they were starting out in the modelling industry to discuss environmental issues and activism.

"You sat us down and gave us a talking to about being conscious in the world. That had a big impact on me," the 49-year-old recalled. "You know, they have these posh words for it now, like philanthropy. For me it was just like, you do it because you want to do it."

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