The red carpet has long been about the glitz, the glamour, the “Who are you wearing?” Yet more recently, thanks to Red Carpet Green dress, at the forefront of media attention is the ethical nature of a garment.
Meet Red Carpet Green Dress
Red Carpet Green Dress is a female-led environmentally friendly brand pushing for change within the field of sustainability and fashion. Started by actress and environmental advocate Suzy Amis Cameron, the organisation has been creating sustainable fashion for the red carpet since 2010.
A piece must be made in certain ways using certain materials to qualify as a Red Carpet Green Dress garment. For instance made from recycled, organic, or repurposed fibres, feature handmade detailing, or incorporate natural dying processes.
Collaborating with brands and advocating for the importance of sustainability through fashion have shown the industry how beautiful pieces of red carpet worthy clothing, don’t have to harm the environment.
Focusing on the Oscars, we will look at some of the most elegant, eco-friendly garments ever to grace the carpet. If you ever doubted sustainable could be stunning, this is for you.
Emma Roberts, 2017
At her first-ever Oscars, ‘American Horror Story’ star Emma Roberts turned heads in a Vintage Armani Privé dress.
This totally sustainable fashion choice featured a classic Giorgio Armani gown from his first Privé collection, originally debuted in 2005. The two tone vintage creation featured a plunging, lace-trimmed neckline and delicate straps. Though the heavily embroidered bodice and two-tiered white skirt seemed to be the main focus.
This dress marked the first time that Red Carpet Green Dress’ eco-conscious cause had spotlighted vintage fashion.
“By recycling gowns, we are making the ‘old’ new again and finding the beauty that already exists. It is an important form of sustainability.” Amis Cameron
Equally as important as the dress, her accessory choice proved just as influential in encouraging sustainable choices. Bringing conscious finery to the carpet, Roberts wore exclusive diamond pieces from Swarovski’s first fine jewellery collection. Inspired by nature and driven by science, using Swarovski emphasises the sustainable message.
Lakeith Stanfield, 2018
Being one of very few men to ever represent this campaign, Stanfield donned an ethical tuxedo created by Luxury menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.
The sleek, navy blue suit was handcrafted using a Tussah Silk, a fibre usually found in its natural state. Therefore, unlike most silk yarns which undergo significant amounts of mechanical intervention, Tussah generally escapes any human intervention.