The Hidden Statement Behind Jane Fonda’s Oscars Dress

The stars were ready to shine at the 2020
Academy Awards ceremony, and many did so in meaningful outfits. America Ferrera’s ensemble was a nod to her
ancestors, Billy Porter’s gown was inspired by Kensington Palace’s gilded cupola room,
and Spike Lee’s suit paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Jane Fonda also made a strong statement with
her Oscars fashion that you might have missed. When Fonda took the stage to present the award
for best picture, which, FYI, went to Parasite, the audience was surely in awe of how lovely
the Grace and Frankie star looked. Wearing a stunning crimson-red Elie Saab gown,
the dress featured long sleeves and a sheer section around the chest and upper arms. The dress simply sparkled under the lights. Fonda also wore a short silver wig over her
usual longer blonde hair. While Fonda’s gown was certainly a lovely
choice, it was also one that fans may recognize. That’s because she wore the same frock in
Cannes back in 2014, but if you’re thinking this was an oversight, think again! Fonda decided to re-wear the dress at the
Oscars as a part of her pledge to take action against climate change. To that end, Fonda has said that she will
not be buying any new clothes. Plenty of celebrities are using their fame
to help the fight against climate change, including K-pop superstars BTS and actor Leonardo
DiCaprio. Jane Fonda is also making waves with her own
brand of high-profile activism. On November 1st, 2019, Fonda was participating
in a protest on Capitol Hill when, according to Page Six, she told the crowd, “When I talk to people about, ‘We don’t really
need to keep shopping. We shouldn’t look to shopping for our identity. We don’t need more stuff,’ then I have to
walk the walk too. So I’m not buying any more clothes.” That same month, Fonda was spotted out and
about wearing the same outfits more than once, you know, like regular people. For instance, she attended the Glamour Women
of the Year Awards slaying a glittery black suit, and then she wore it again that same
week while attending the GCAPP Empower Party. While Fonda’s new habit of re-wearing clothing
is sending out a strong message, it’s not the only way she’s making statements with
her outfit choices. When Jane Fonda stepped out onto the Oscars
stage to present an award at the 2020 event, she carried more than just the envelope with
the winning picture inside. She was also carrying a red coat. This wasn’t a fancy cape with a hidden meaning
sewn in like Natalie Portman’s, or a suitable suit jacket like the one worn by Keanu Reeves’
mom, Patricia Taylor. No, Fonda brought with her a normal winter
jacket, carrying it casually over her shoulder, or folded neatly over her arm. It was hard to miss the unusual addition to
her formal outfit. Fonda had a very good reason for bringing
that item with her. The coat, which is becoming increasingly notorious,
is what she said would be her last clothing purchase ever. It’s become something of a uniform for her
activism, popping up at her Fire Drill Friday protests, and going along with her on the
ride to jail. During a Capitol Hill protest in 2019, Fonda
reportedly said, “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.” Jane Fonda may be famous for her roles in
Barbarella, Monster-in-Law, and Grace and Frankie, but Fonda also has a reputation as
a gutsy activist. As of February 2020, Fonda has led more than
a dozen ‘Fire Drill Friday’ protests, including one right before the Oscars. Fonda isn’t the only famous face fighting
against climate change. During her pre-Oscars protest, she was joined
by Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix. Sam Waterson, her Grace and Frankie costar,
was arrested with her at a protest not just once, but twice. “Now I know the horror being in a jail cell,
listening to Ted Danson tell stories from the set of Cheers.” Kicking off the protests in October 2019,
Fonda wrote on her website, “I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain
or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created. I can no longer stand by and let our elected
officials ignore, and even worse, empower, the industries that are destroying our planet
for profit. We can not continue to stand for this.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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