The purchase and use of wedding gowns is not a sustainable practice. Gowns are typically used for only one day, yet brides continue to invest time, energy and money into purchasing this one-time-use symbolic garment. Developed for the “green” bride as a response to the single-use tradition, these gowns were each designed as bridal ensembles made up of modular pieces. This modularity will enable the bride to change the “look” of her wedding ensemble on the day of the wedding, and even re-style and wear it long after the wedding day is over.
For each design, separate base components were layered to create an elegant bridal ensemble. Clean, simple lines were maintained in each piece. Removable embellishments were added to maximize re-stylability and re-wearability. The components may be layered together or worn separately to create different looks for post-wedding use. The use of natural and organic fibres allows easy dyeability of the garment post-wedding, and the sustainable fibres help conserve the earth’s natural resources.
The ensembles were created through a combination of draping and flat pattern drafting.
Organic cotton voile, natural hemp-silk, peace silk
March 14, 2011