Emeli Sande and Adwoa Aboah take a stand for Grenfell at London Fashion Week15th Feb 19 | Fashion
They made a powerful statement.
Famous faces, activists and bereaved families joined together on a catwalk for London Fashion Week in support of Justice 4 Grenfell, 20 months after the fire.
Singer Emeli Sandé, models Adwoa Aboah and Clara Paget, and DJ Becky Tong were among those representing the 72 people who lost their lives, wearing T-shirts with the message: ’72 dead and still no arrests? How come?’
Sandé says: “72 people died in the fire and their lives should be held as important as any other lives, and I just keep questioning why that hasn’t been the case.”
The campaigners say there are still hundreds of buildings with flammable cladding that haven’t been made safe, and that not all the families affected by the Grenfell fire have been adequately rehoused.
“Something so tragic has happened to a large community and people are just forgetting about it,” says Aboah. “It’s quite sad to think that it’s been kind of brushed under the carpet and those are people’s lives.
“I hope today that we can bring it back to people’s attention. The people who it happened to, they haven’t forgotten, so we shouldn’t either.”
Justice 4 Grenfell campaign coordinator, Yvette Williams, says: “The accountable authorities have been inadequate and tardy in their response and, 20 months on, no significant changes or improvements have been made and no one to date has been held responsible.
“These factors and issues are fundamental to ensuring that nothing like this is ever allowed to happen again.”
The T-shirts, with ‘No death in vain’ written on the back, aimed to highlight the lack of justice felt, and took inspiration from 2018 Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“We wanted to create a design that remembered and honoured the people who died at Grenfell Tower, and to serve as a reminder of why we continue to campaign as a community,” says Faisal Metalsi from Grenfell Speaks.
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