So the designer Stella McCartney, for example, will join Ellen MacArthur, an around-the-world sailor and environmental activist, to unveil initiatives designed to boost a circular economy, one that focuses on minimizing energy use and waste. In late November the women joined forces in London to highlight a report by Ms. MacArthur’s foundation that said the fashion industry creates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse emissions a year — more than that produced by international flights and shipping combined.
Chen Man, a photographer credited by the forum with “revolutionizing fashion photography in China,” also is scheduled to speak, as is the Irish activist and academic Sinead Burke. A frequent presence in fashion show front rows, Ms. Burke — in a bespoke wardrobe from Burberry, fitted to her 3-foot, 5-inch frame — will give four talks in three days on fashion design, inclusion and disability.
“From a disability perspective, the market equates to 1.3 billion people and has a spending power of $1.2 trillion,” Ms. Burke said. “The voices of this community are often silenced within the design process and this blinkered approach results in minimized profitability, linear creativity, but most importantly, a more ableist society.”
She said she felt both humbled and “a little terrified” that her first visit to the forum has her speaking to delegates, but “hearing about Davos and the thought-leaders, political forces and business executives who attend each year reminds me of that lyric in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’: “It’s ‘The Room Where It Happens’.”
And fashion has finally been invited inside.