In 1994, Oprah asked the world’s top designers what they thought the world would be sporting in the year 2000? Surprisingly, many answered with some environmentally sound designs.

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In a quirky, very 90s video, Oprah asks, “What is a girl to wear in the year 2000?” Oprah asked top fashion designers at the time to predict what they thought people would be wearing in the new millennium. Although most are a bit off, they were pretty off, the responses are pretty funny and some are very eco-conscious!

“No, it’s not the land of Oz,” says Oprah as she jumps around in a long coat with long fringes around the neck and arms. “It’s designer Issey Miyake and he says that in the year 2000 we’ll be wearing clothes made out of material we never even imagined. Like this outfit, it’s made out of straw!”

Miyake was right, we have clothing now made from materials that we could have never thought of back then. There’s apple leather, mushroom leather, and upcycled clothing. However, now also 60 percent of clothes in our closets are likely made using plastic.

“Thinking air pollution will continue to be a big problem in the future? Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto made this coat, it filters impurities from the air. He also made this,” she said as she took off the big air filtering coat. “And it looks like basic black is never going out of style.”

Unfortunately, air pollution IS still around and is a significantly worse problem than it was 28 years ago. How great would it be if the clothes that we wore could filter impurities in the air! Seems like an invention that we should keep working towards.

“And the designer for all times, Mr. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel says, we need to preserve our planet so he used a recyclable rubber to make this dress. Pretty snappy!”

We do need to preserve our planet! 13 million tons of clothes end up in our landfills and fast fashion has changed the way that we think about clothes. It’s always best to recycle clothes and go to second-hand or thrift stores when looking for new clothing. The recent boom in secondhand clothing is reducing fashion’s impact on the planet and showing that secondhand shoppers are eco-conscious and savvy, not just “hipsters”!

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