Billie Eilish leaned into the glam for her 2021 Met Gala look by wearing Oscar de la Renta on had one condition: The brand stop selling fur.
On Monday (September 14), Eilish, 19, grabbed headlines when she made her grand debut in an oversized Oscar de la Renta gown made of peach tulle and, as per The New York Times, she enacted the major change in their design by wearing the brand to the event. In the interview, Eilish said she was "honored to have been a catalyst" for the company, admitting that she was shocked that "wearing fur isn't completely outlawed at this point in 2021."
While creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim admitted to the outlet they haven't had fur in their design in years, they did send out a plea to Alex Bolen, Oscar de la Renta's chief executive, that the brand should ditch it entirely. "I thought a lot about what Oscar said - he was a big fan of fur, by the way - that the one thing he really worried about in the fashion business was his eye getting old," Bolen went on to admit to the publication. "I have to surround myself with people with different points of view."
In her Instagram post, Eilish took credit for her influence over their change in design policy, writing, "Thank you @oscardelarenta for designing this BEAUTIFUL dress and bringing my ideas and vision to life. it was an honor to wear this dress knowing that going forward oscar de la renta will be completely fur-free!!!! i am beyond thrilled that @fernandogarciam1205 and @tokibunbun and the entire team heard me on this issue, and have now made a change that makes an impact for the greater good, not only for animals but also for our planet and environment too. i’m honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter. i urge all designers to do the same."