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 RCGD Global special vegan shoe – a faux suede, metallic-trimmed heel (a collaboration between PETA and ethical U.K. based footwear label Beyond Skin).