I didn’t get to see the Oscars or watch the red carpet parade of gowns but I was waiting in anticipation for Oscar night for one reason and one reason only. I couldn’t wait to see the winning gown of the Red Carpet Green Dress competition, a contest launched in 2009 for an award-winning “green” gown that would be made from entirely sustainable fabrics. This global dress design contest was the brainchild of Suzy Cameron, actress and wife of Titanic and Avatar director, James Cameron, who saw the Academy Awards as the best opportunity to promote sustainable fashion. For this closet Project Runway fan, the Oscars are now a night to anticipate.
And, the winner is…
Venezuelan born designer Valentina Delfino was crowned the winner of the Red Carpet Green Dress contest which was worn by Missi Pyle, who appeared as a silent screen starlet in this year’s Best Picture winner, The Artist. The winning design was made with organic “peace” silk (or Cruelty–Free Silk), hand-dyed with natural mineral pigments, had recycled zippers, and was lined with recycled polyester. Cruelty–Free Silk is silk created through the process that permits the full life cycle of the silkworm pupae.
- Meryl Streep wore a full-length, gold number that was fit for a goddess and made completely from Eco Certified Fabric.
- Livia Firth donned a hybrid dress that combined recycled PET fabric along with the Valentino’s house silk.
- Kenneth Branagh wore an Ermenegildo Zegna navy Made-to-Measure tuxedo created with eco-friendly Merino wool.
- Demian Bichir was in another Zegna’s tuxedo designed with TROFEO 600 fabric, which is a blend of superfine wool and silk.
- Colin Firth squeaks onto the GCC list by “recycling” his Tom Ford wool tuxedo from last year. Technically, Colin, it’s considered “reuse” which would be standard for regular folks that don’t discard a tuxedo only worn once. (In fact, I think most regular folks rent tuxedos which would be the greenest of all options). But, I’ll give you points for trying!