European Cultural Award for social commitment

In her laudatory speech, Barbara Meier, wearing a robe by Vivienne Westwood, pays tribute to fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who has been initiating and supporting a wide variety of activities as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. The Englishwoman has also changed her life – with her numerous actions, with her loyalty to principles, with her fashion.

“You show that there is no contradiction between working in the fashion industry and at the same time working for a responsible approach to it,” says Barbara Meier. “In my work as an ambassador for fair fashion, in my fight against plastic waste in the sea and as a supporter of the Green Button textile label, I actually think of you a lot. Having fighters like you in our industry is not only incredibly important, but also very inspiring.”