Through collaboration and knowledge sharing, we work with emerging designers, fashion colleges and students, drawing attention to the importance of more positive practices in the fashion industry.
Through each sustainable design RCGD seeks to show a range of ways in which more positive practices can be incorporated though the creative and production process, demonstrating several practices which are both scalable and viable.
In 2010 Jillian Granz, a Michigan State University senior, won the competition with a dress made from peace silk. Granz used a no-waste pattern and reclaimed lining. Suzy Amis Cameron wore the winning design to the Oscars in 2010.
Samata Pattinson is a British born Ghanaian designer who won the competition in 2011. Pattinson sourced certified hemp and silk chiffon which was hand died with cranberry residue and embroidered with vintage beads from jewellery. Her design was worn by model Aine Rose Campbell.
In February 2012 at the 84th Annual Academy Awards actress Missi Pyle (The Artist) took to the carpet in a flowing blue gown made from organic silk and peace silk, hand-dyed with mineral dye and lined with recycled polyester from excess waste fabric. Venezuelan born, Miami-based designer Valentina Delfino’s gown was dyed in an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved facility in Los Angeles by Edwina Pellikka. Designer Angelo Santos created Valentina’s gown.
Ghanaian-born Michael Badger was the 2013 winner whose stunning gold creation made People Magazine’s Best Dressed List. Badger holds a B.F.A. in fashion design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by a volcano and how lava flows, his golden gown was created from fabric which is an GOTS certified silk Crepe De Chine, dyed using seeds from chamomile and goldenrod by Penny Walsh, and incorporated vintage and recycled elements – including candy wrappers. Dame Vivienne Westwood brought the stunning gown to life.
Alice Elia, who is a student at ESMOD in Paris.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).
Jomnarn Dul’s design was worn by Kellan Lutz, of “Twilight” fame. Lutz’s tuxedo jacket was 45% certified silk 8and 55% rPET (recycled plastic bottles), his tux trousers are hemp dyed with logwood and his waistcoat is made from hemp and 100-year-old Spitalfields silk that was dyed with marigold flowers. Established designer Jeff Garner, of Prophetik mentored Jomnarn in the creation of her tuxedo.
In 2015 Tingting Chen dressed actor Jake McDorman in a tuxedo comprised of dead-stock 100% wool, lining made of dead-stock 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk, and trim of peace silk dyed with logwood. McDorman wore a vegan shoe from Moo Shoes called The Innovator, a shirt by EKOCYCLE™ and hemp boxers.
Manon Gabard‘s gown for Emmy winner Gina Rodriguez was a dazzling vibrant blue made from 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk and dyed with low impact GOTS dye. Her look was finished off with vintage Neil lane jewels, an Edie Parker clutch and shoes from Jimmy Choo.
Both Gabard and Chen are fashion students at ESMOD-ISEM in Paris.
The Design Criteria
Our hope is to draw attention to the importance of more positive practices in fashion.
What is positive fashion and why is it needed? Well, here are some facts…
– The amount of textiles in U.S. landfills has increased more than five-fold since 1950 while rubber and leather have tripled.
– Each year it is estimated that cotton producers use nearly 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the world’s pesticides.
– The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 97% of post-consumer textile waste is recyclable.
– Consumers in the United Kingdom have an estimated £30 billion ($46.7 billion) worth of unworn clothes lingering in their closets.
– Millions of tons of unused fabric at mills go to waste each year when dyed the wrong color.
There is no one solution to these multitude of challenges, but we believe in undertaking a multi-pronged approach to make a lasting positive impact. Positive fashion means different things to different people. One thing that all agree on however, is that the emphasis needs to be on a growing design philosophy to create a system which can be supported, indefinitely, through environmental and social responsibility. Positive fashion is part of the larger trend in design, where a product is created and produced with consideration to the environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life cycle. Red Carpet Green Dress seeks to do this by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption in a fully traceable and socially responsible supply chain.
There are many factors, such as the renewability and source of a fiber, the process of how a raw fiber is turned into a textile, the working conditions of the people producing the materials, and the material’s total carbon footprint. For the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign the ethical designs must be made from material which is both environmentally and socially responsible. The use of notions such as buttons, crystals, beads, sequin, etc. is allowed in the design of the garment. However, the focus should be on using vintage, recyclable, safe, natural, organic, sustainable notions, wherever possible.
When used the general definition of the term organic be applied when the fabric used in a made in way that harvests it with little or minimal negative impact on environment, for example minimal use of harmful chemicals and pesticides or little waste of water. Example of commonly used organic or sustainable fabrics are bamboo, silk, hemp or soy.