Julian Assange will be walking for Ben Westwood at London Fashion Week
The Wikileaks founder, whistleblower, and now fugitive will model Ben Westwood's collection from the Ecuadorean Embassy
Dame Vivienne Westwood's son, Ben Westwood, will be showing his London Fashion Week collection in a way most unexpected: the wanted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fronting the runway all the way from the Ecuadorean Embassy. Try topping that.
Julian, editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing website, has been under investigation by the United States government for leaking US military and diplomatic documents on the website. After facing accusations for sexual offences from Sweden on top of extradition requests, he had applied for political asylum from Ecuador, which was granted in 2012.
The Australian journalist won't have to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy to walk the runway, since Ben Westwood will be bringing the runway to him in September. "I want to highlight Julian Assange's plight. What happened to him is totally unfair," Ben said.
The designer's clothes are reportedly based on Clint Eastwood's costumes in his spaghetti western films, and Julian is to walk with six other models to music from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Julian's lawyer Amal Alamuddin and her fiancée George Clooney have been invited to the show.
Ben's mother Vivienne has always been a supporter of Julian, having herself worn an "I am Julian Assange" T-shirt to close her Red Label AW13 runway show in early 2013.