“I was born and raised in Venezuela, and later arrived to the US to complete my education. I studied International Business in Northeastern University, and upon graduation I worked in banking in New York City. While working in banking, I realized that I was not doing what truly made me happy: designing, my long time hobby! Because of that feeling, I pursued a degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute in Miami. Later, I moved back to NYC to work in different internships; such as: Oscar De La Renta, John Martinez Productions, Stella McCartney NYC, and Pamella Roland. After my internships, I decided to create my own brand ‘Valentina Delfino Designs‘. It is a Ready To Wear brand where I have included sustainable pieces. Today we are only focusing on Made to order, but plan to have once again collections.”
“Modeling the winning design for the 2011 Red Carpet Green Dress competition was the beginning of my journey into the world of ethical and sustainable fashion, which went on to become a main driver for my modeling career. On the night of the RCDG event, Suzy was wearing a beautiful, deep purple gown that had quilt-like patches of color sewn onto the bodice and skirt. It was sheer glamour, but it felt like home. As she told me about the design (created by Jeff Garner), I was fascinated to learn that its materials had been grown on an organic farm in the US and how many of the common practices in the fashion industry had extremely negative affects on the planet and the people working to produce the clothing.
I started to think a lot more about what I could do and decided that, as much as I could, I would promote sustainable and ethical fashion, and collaborate with conscious brands to align my image with my beliefs as much as possible. This choice lead to a number of successful collaborations in the form of photo shoots, runway shows, panel talks and interviews, all to increase awareness for sustainable and ethical fashion, and the urgent need for the fashion industry to make big changes for the future of our planet.”
Founded in 2016 by Áine Rose Campbell and Cameron Russell, the Model Mafia, aka, the Model Activist Community, is a powerful community of nearly 250 fashion models who work take collective action to create a more equitable, just and sustainable fashion industry and world.
“Red Carpet Green Dress competition opened my eyes to an immense problem that we are all facing today: the tremendous carbon footprint that fashion industry is creating. It is alarming to know that the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world, and we all have a responsibility to take the neccesary steps to become greener. As a designer, I always try to think of possible ways to reduce waste and work in a more sustainable manner. Some of the ways I achieve this is through : material selection, efficient production, reusing leftovers fabrics, revamping old pieces, and so on. It is hard to say that I am a 100% sustainable fashion designer, but you can definetly say I am making a conscious effort.
Sustainable fashion to me is an industry responsibility. It is a work in progress from society and producers like myself. To try to be more sustainable within fashion is to create and transform in a conscious way. To design with social and environmental awareness, to keep in mind the product’s life cycle; starting with the production phase, materials being used, materials that can be reused and recycled, transportation, marketing, and the final sale to the consumer. The goal is to minimize the impact in our environment; by reducing waste, making production process efficient and improving work conditions for workers in factories, stores, and any other aspects that fashion influences.”
Venezuelan born, Miami-based designer Valentina Delfino’s flowing blue gown was made from organic silk and peace silk, hand-dyed with mineral dye and lined with recycled polyester from excess waste fabric. Designer Angelo Santos mentored and co-created Valentina’s gown.
I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN MATTERS…
“My first red carpet moment at the Oscars was a meaningful one for me on so many different levels. It felt even more significant knowing that I was part of a campaign committed to sustainability, and the wider message that we can all make a difference. I was excited to collaborate with Suzy and her team to help bring sustainable fashion even further into the spotlight.”
Naomie Melanie Harris OBE is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She garnered attention for her performance as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.
In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, a performance which earned her several accolades, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Sustainability is something which is innovative and thinking outside the box with what you have. Sustainablity needs practice and discipline.”
Priyanka Bose is an Indian stage & film actor, who played Kamla Munshi, the biological mother to Dev Patel’s character Saroo in the six-time nominated film including “Best Picture.” In 2017, the Red Carpet Green Dress worked with Vivienne Westwood to create a gown for Priyanka Bose. The custom designed gown, was created in a jewel toned silk and lurex floral jacquard fabric, recycled from a past Vivienne Westwood collection. The pattern cutting technique has been designed to keep waste to an absolute minimum, using only 320 cms for the design. Leftover sequin film, usually left as waste from sequin production, was embroidered to the bodice of the dress creating a honeycomb effect, highlighted with reclaimed Swarovski crystals for added sparkle.
“I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE SUSTAINABILITY IS OUR DUTY AS DESIGNERS AND CONSUMERS
Sustainable fashion means to me being responsible in quality and equality : it implies environmental and social aspects. As a designer, it means improving the steps of a garment’s realization by firstly minimizing the negative impact on the environment : sourcing better and traceable materials, controlling the use of natural resources, or reducing chemicals for instance. It also means ensuring that the working conditions are fair and ethical. But also, we have the responsibility to create quality and timeless designs that will last.
As a consumer, it means buying from brands that make clothes in an environmentally and ethically conscious way, and giving a second life to the garments when they are no longer worn : returning them to a collection point for recycling, or donating them. Every person should try to find his own way of more sustainable fashion.”
Alice Elia, a former student at ESMOD Paris, designed Olga Kurylenko’s gown in 2014. Kurylenko’s gown is 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk and 100% GOTS certified organic silk, hand-dyed with Sappanwood and then over-dyed with madder root to achieve the resulting shade of red by Penny Walsh. Kurylenko wore a Red Carpet Green Dress special vegan shoe – a faux suede, metallic-trimmed heel (a collaboration between PETA and ethical U.K. based footwear label Beyond Skin).