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Jane Fonda looked effortlessly chic at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday night, despite wearing a gown she'd previously worn in 2014.
While, for some celebrities, awards season is about securing top designers in order to make headlines, Jane opted to make a much bigger statement of her own by recycling an Ellie Saab gown she had previously worn to the Cannes premiere of Grace of Monaco back in 2014.
The 82-year-old actress presented the award for Best Picture on Sunday wearing the gown and carrying a red coat – an item of clothing that has become synonymous with Jane’s fight against climate change.
In recent months Jane has been out and about protesting against climate change and regularly attends Fire Drill Fridays – a series of large-scale protests highlighting the need for change against the climate crisis.
During one of the demonstrations in LA last week Jane vowed that this same red coat would be the last item of clothing she ever bought.
Addressing the need for consumers to live a more sustainable lifestyle, Jane said, “You see this coat? I needed something red and I went out and found this coat on sale,” she said. “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.”
Twitter erupted with support for the Grace and Frankie actress, with fans branding her a “queen” for taking such a public stance.
“Jane Fonda at 82, recycling a 6 year old dress after declaring that she would never buy new clothes in order to fight climate change and save the planet. Queen,” wrote one social media user.
Another said, “Jane Fonda is 82 years old, gets arrested on the reg to protest in support of climate change awareness AND re-wears dresses to the Oscars. The definition of a boss. #Oscars”
So far Jane has been arrested five times for her involvement in the Fire Drill Fridays rally – but the actress has insisted it won’t stop her from getting her message across.
“Every week you have the opportunity to put yourself on the line,” she confessed. “Civil disobedience is not a first resort, but it’s a step up. You’ve petitioned, marched, pleaded, and begged, and you haven’t been heard, so you take the next step. To align your body with your values is very empowering, and this offers that opportunity.”