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Jane Fonda, 82, recycled a 6-year-old gown at the Oscars, holding up promise not to buy new clothes

Jane Fonda, 82, recycled a 6-year-old gown at the Oscars, holding up promise not to buy new clothes

The iconic actress walked the talk at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night, sporting an Elie Saab gown she previously wore to the Grace of Monaco premiere in Cannes 6 years ago.

When it comes to making a powerful statement with their mere presence, no one does it better than the legendary Jane Fonda. After months of making headlines with powerful climate change protests, the 82-year-old brought her activism to the Oscars stage on Sunday night while presenting the Best Picture award. Sporting a stunning new gray pixie cut, Fonda dazzled in a crimson glitzy long-sleeve Elie Saab gown she previously wore to Cannes in 2014. She paired the eye-catching couture outfit with the now-iconic red protest coat she recently declared would be the last new piece of clothing she'll ever purchase.

Jane Fonda speaks onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

According to PEOPLE, Fonda previously wore the Elie Saab gown to the Grace of Monaco premiere in Cannes six years ago. For the 92nd Academy Awards, the celeb accessorized her look with jewelry from the Italian brand Pomellato, explaining on Instagram that she chose the company because "it only uses responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds." The Grace and Frankie star wasn't the only one to promote sustainability and eco-consciousness through their fashion choices at the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks appears to have thought along the same lines as Fonda, recycling a gown she previously wore in 2004 for the high-profile event.



 

Meanwhile, Margot Robbie opted for a vintage Chanel look for the evening and the 23-year-old Booksmart star, Kaitlyn Dever, rocked a completely sustainable red Louis Vuitton gown at the event. While seeing other actresses discard Hollywood's obsession with everything new and shiny is undoubtedly a positive sign for the climate change movement, due credit has to be given to Fonda for being a climate crisis pioneer in the industry. The actress has been arrested a number of times during her Fire Drill Friday climate change demonstrations and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Jane Fonda attends the Opening ceremony and the "Grace of Monaco" Premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2014 in Cannes, France.

Speaking to protestors following her fourth arrest, Fonda declared that her iconic red coat would be the last article of clothing she ever purchases. "You see this coat? I needed something red and I went out and found this coat on sale. This is the last article of clothing that I will ever buy. When I talk to people and say, 'We don’t really need to keep shopping. We shouldn’t look to shopping for our identity. We don’t need more stuff,' I have to walk the talk. So I’m not buying any more clothes," she said at the time. Safe to say, the actress has definitely walked the talk at the Oscars.

 



 

Two days before her appearance at the 2020 Academy Awards, Fonda brought the Fire Drill Fridays rally to Los Angeles for the first time along with the now Oscar-winning Joker star Joaquin Phoenix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, fellow actors Norman Lear, Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Paul Scheer, Rainn Wilson, Bonnie Wright, Rosanna Arquette, and Catherine Keener were also in attendance at the rally, serving as presenters for the number of climate change activists who addressed several hundred environmentally conscious supporters at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday.

 



 

"Every single bit matters — everyone who can raise their voice, and celebrities have a platform, and that use it like Joaquin, god bless," Fonda praised Phoenix's presence at the rally. Speaking of bringing Fire Drill Fridays to the west for the first time, the star said, "In the beginning, when I knew that I had to stop in D.C. because of starting [to film season seven of] 'Grace and Frankie' I was depressed, but then I started to meet with the activists here in California and realized this is the place to be. California is the fifth-largest economy in the world and it's a major oil-producing state, so what happens here can affect not just the rest of the country, but the rest of the world."

 



 

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