She was dressed to impress . . . Greta Thunberg.
Sixteen years after Elizabeth Banks, 46, wore a red Badgley Mischka gown to the 2004 Vanity Fair Oscars Party, she turned up at the 2020 version of the same event in the very same dress.
“It’s gorgeous and it fits . . . so why not wear it again?!” the “Hunger Games” actress wrote on Instagram following the 2020 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Sunday night’s sartorial statement was a carefully laid plan, all in the name of sustainability.
“Proud to wear my @badgleymischka dress that I first wore to @vanityfair #oscars party in 2004, re-imagined with @wendiandnicole, to bring global awareness to the importance of sustainability in fashion and consumerism as it relates to climate change, production & consumption, ocean pollution, labor & women,” Banks posted.
While mere mortals “recycle” dresses — that is, wear their clothing more than once — without any effort beyond laundering them, it took a team of people to help Banks stage her moment.
Stylists Wendi and Nicole Ferreira updated the actress/director’s look by swapping her 2004 updo and chandelier earrings for a sleek blowout, simple post earrings and a slinky diamond and pearl necklace by Irene Neuwirth.
The strategy was cooked up by Red Carpet Advocacy (RAD), a group that helps actors advocate for causes, and the New Standard Institute, which “helps brands draw down their carbon use and achieve measurable sustainability targets.”
Banks wasn’t alone in repeating an Oscar night look.
Jane Fonda turned up to the 2020 Academy Awards in the same Elie Saab Couture dress that she wore to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In November, the 82-year-old actress promised to never buy another item of clothing again.
And Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan donned a custom black and lavender Gucci gown repurposed from her BAFTAs 2020 dress — which was itself made using discarded satin.
No word on how any of those stars arrived at the events, but we can only hope it was by bicycle or public transportation.
By Kirsten Fleming