Saturday, October 21, 2006


The Natural History Museum has shrugged off its vegan silk shawl and stepped out of its organic cotton gown but I have not yet forgotten London Fashion Week's Estethica exhibition that took place there a few weeks ago. I attended with my Ethical Weddings hat on (at a jaunty angle of course!) but was blown away by the whole thing from Davina Hawthorne's 'Auntie Winnies Party' collection of recycled wool and floral fabrics juxtaposing day of the dead Mexican printed skulls and Victorian inspired hair pieces to Enamore's sexy hemp underwear! You didn't have to look too hard, however, to see the potential for the ethical bride... First up is Deborah Milner who has been working with the support of Aveda to develop eco-sustainable fabrics that meet the high standards of haute couture. Deborah's journey has been an unusual one, from St Martins, the Royal College of Art and a successful fashion career, to a year working on environmental sustainability initiatives in Brazil then back to the fashion world with a desire to combine these two seemingly incompatible interests (read more about Deborah's story on Treehugger). When I chatted with Deborah, she mentioned that she had previously designed bridalwear and is looking to do so again. Indeed, she has already created the "Bridal Lace Dress" from melted plastic bags! So watch this space...! Next we move on to an absolutely stunning collection (and fab website) from Trash Couture - who recycle vintage frocks - that would make you an unforgettable bride. I didn't dare ask "how much?" in case I was tempted! But they do have an outlet in West London if you fancy investigating further. Strolling over to the next stand, Sarah Ratty of Ciel had a number of dresses on display that had already been worn for weddings - a simple white tea dress for the bride (as featured in 'Brides' magazine) that could easily be worn again had proved very popular, as had beautiful red hemp/silk bridesmaid dresses. And finally, we musn't forget the bride's green feet! Natalie at Beyond Skin was proud to show off their new range of luxury ethical footwear - Sui Generis -
"inspired by romantic vintage with a hint of candy quirkiness".
And if there is nothing in the collection to take your fancy (which I would find hard to believe!) Beyond Skin also offer a bespoke service for weddings. So there you have it, a pleasant day out for me and some ethical wedding outfit ideas for almost made me want to get married all over again! Take care, Katie Technorati tags:


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