Kylie Minogue donates outfits to Oxfam to combat fast fashion

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LONDON: Kylie Minogue is among a number of Glastonbury Festival performers who have donated clothes to Oxfam in a “stand against throwaway fashion”.

Minogue, who performed in the event’s Legends slot on Sunday 30 June, has donated a sun visor to the charity, which she brought to the festival but did not wear on stage.

Meanwhile, The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith gave away a Disintegration Era shirt, which he wore at a Sydney Opera House gig earlier this year. Other musical stars who have donated items include Billie Eilish, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Frank Turner, Lewis Capaldi, Gabrielle Aplin and Loyle Carner, who gave away a T-shirt with the slogan “fcuk Boris” written on it.

Singer KT Tunstall has donated a sequin top while the members from Vampire Weekend have offered up a pair of drumsticks.

All of the artists’ donations will be available to purchase or win in an auction on Oxfam’s online shop.

The charity states that more than 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill every week. It hopes that campaigns such as this will encourage people to invest in second-hand clothing as opposed to buying clothes on the high street.

Aplin, who performed at Glastonbury on Friday 28 June, said: “I’ve donated my fabulous gold sparkly jumpsuit because I want someone else to feel as good in it as I did.

“I love the idea of my outfit being sold by Oxfam to help people who don’t have the basics in life. And I believe passionately in sustainability. Chucking perfectly good clothes in landfill really has to stop.”

Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam’s sustainable fashion expert, added: “We are so grateful to the artists and to Glastonbury for supporting Oxfam’s campaign against throwaway fashion.”

The charity launched its campaign, “Second-hand September”, at Glastonbury and is encouraging people to pledge that they will not buy any new items of clothing for the duration of the month.

By signing up, “you can help protect the environment”, says Gilfeather, “and if you buy second-hand in Oxfam you’ll be helping the poorest people around the world escape poverty”.