Bond Girl helps Detox the Oscars
by Guest Blogger
The ability of a small group of pioneers to change the world for the better should never be underestimated. One such group of people is the team atRed Carpet Green Dress, who have been busy over the last weeks and months creating a beautiful gown for the Oscars, which was worn by Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean actress Naomie Harris at last night's award ceremony. But this wasnt just any old dress. This was a dress with a difference. Aside from being breathtakingly beautiful, the dress which was created by the exciting young designer Michael Badger with the help of Vivienne Westwood and her haute couture team was also made to have the smallest possible impact on our equally beautiful planet. The team at Red Carpet Green Dress, founded by Suzy Amis Cameron four years ago for the premiere of her husband James Camerons film Avatar, have engaged with a number of external experts and consultants includingCradle-to-Cradleand Greenpeace to try and make the dress to the highest environmental standards possible. The dress is not perfect and this further underlines how broken the current system is and emphasizes the need for big brands and suppliers to take urgent action to clean up the fashion industry and meet the growing demand for fashion that adds value to our environment and society: not take it away. That said, everything from the organic and GOTs certified fabric, to the reclaimed buttons and zips (coming from vintage Vivienne Westwood pieces), to the natural dying processes selected (using chamomile and golden rod to help achieve the dress majestic color) was chosen to ensure minimal environmental damage and to help publicize and pioneer sustainable alternatives. The dress also plays an important role because of the people who will see it, and the seeds it will hopefully plant in many of these peoples minds. The Oscars are watched the world over, the gowns worn by the stars as they walk down the red carpet are admired, discussed and debated with passion by fashionistas, media commentators and movie fans alike. The story behind this dress will help take the message about the urgent need to address the way our clothes are made to a huge audience, many of whom have the power to change the system from the inside.