Red Carpet Green Dress' winning design, worn by actress Naomi Harris to the 85th Academy Awards
Every dress that hit the red carpet for last night’s Academy Awards was special, but the dress worn by actress and recent Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris was a little different. That’s because she represented the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, a design contest started by Director James Cameron’s wife Suzy Amis Cameron, in which Harris wore the winning design made of completely sustainable materials.
Red Carpet Green Dress was started with the idea of bringing change to the way people in the fashion industry design. Fashion can be used to create sustainability through the way we design, what we make, what we throw away and how we reuse things. In partnership with the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, Red Carpet Green Dress works to bring attention to the beauty and practicality of sustainable design, more people will consider sustainable alternatives and practices in their own lives.
This year, the contest winner is Michael Badger, a Ghanian-born fashion student at Savannah College of Art & Design (whose students also inspired our Natural Palette collection). Part of Badger’s prize was getting mentored by famous fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in creating the dress.
The gown, made from certified organic silk Crepe De Chine and using recycled zippers, was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework with vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers. The color was achieved through a dying process using goldenrod and chamomile, the byproducts of which, containing no chemical pollutants, went straight to the compost heap. Badger said his design was inspired by volcanoes and the appearance of flowing lava.
Winning designer Michael Badger creates the piece with help from designer Vivienne Westood