Fashion fighting Ebola: Naomi Campbell’s Campaign
This week, the fashion world has feasted its eyes upon the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week. However, this year many shows have a focus that goes beyond the fabric of a dress. In 2014, at least 9,252 people died from Ebola in West Africa and funds are desperately needed to prevent the disease from spreading further. This year’s Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week has seen fashion leader Naomi Campbell hosting an event to raise awareness and funds for the Ebola Survival Fund. This organisation supports different development groups in countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia which are fighting the disease but also improving the healthcare and infrastructure of such areas.
Fashion for Relief was founded by Naomi Campbell in 2005 as a way to use fashion to raise awareness and funds for current global causes.
Fashion houses such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Givenchy ( as well as many others) donated pieces to the 2015 ‘Fashion for Relief Campaign’ catwalk show which was held in the Lincoln Centre, New York on Friday the 14th of February. Famous faces including Paris Hilton, Mary J Blige and Michelle Rodriguez who all showed their support at this charitable event.
Naomi Campbell has announced that a similar event will take place in London Fashion Week using creations from designers Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Versace to name a few.
Campbell says that ”Raising awareness for Ebola and educating about its prevention is crucial to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.” Fashion is incredibly influential as a global power and events such as Fashion For Relief just shows how we can use fashion as a positive force in the world.