Met Gala Goes Green
Yes, there were so many stunning looks at the Met Gala last night, but by far the one I have the most appreciation for in consideration of the theme was Emma Watson's Calvin Klein look. Here is the statement she shared on Facebook regarding the dress:
Thank you Calvin Klein & Eco Age for collaborating with me and creating the most amazing gown. I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it.
The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.
Each and every part of this beautiful gown has been produced with sustainability in mind, even the components that you can’t see. The zippers on the gown are made from recycled materials and the inner bustier has been crafted from organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the highest impact crops, using more chemicals than any other crop in the world. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of the most harmful chemicals and is therefore better for the environment and people working with cotton. The organic silk used in the lining of my gown is certified to a standard that guarantees the highest environmental and social standards throughout production. It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use. The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look… I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again. #30wears
I hope you like it! The ultimate #30Wears! #MetGala2016
Calvin Klein and Ego Age also helped to create dresses for Margot Robbi and Lupita Nyong'o, both of which were produced sustainably and ethically from recycled and organic materials. The founder of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), Livia Firth, pledged to re-wear all her past GCC gowns. At an event that seeks to showcase the role of modern technology in producing fashion (the theme this year being Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology), it seems extremely fitting to show how technology can be used to produce sustainably. Sustainability is the future and one of the major ways to reach that future is through technological advances. The fashion world is at a precipice of necessary change -- the production of clothing has not changed much in hundreds of years. If we consider our society so advanced, isn't it time to modernize something as essential as production? I appreciate the efforts of the few celebrities and designers that actively participate in a green movement, but I also have to admonish how many frivolous celebrities wore silver plated or bedazzled gowns to the gala as if that were some indication of a cartoonishly imagined future society. Also read more about Livia Firth's #30Wears and Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) campaigns!