MARCH 25th, 2022 (LOS ANGELES) —  Suzy Amis Cameron’s RCGD Global Pre-Oscars celebration of sustainable fashion returned to Los Angeles on Friday 25th, March. The highly anticipated evening in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO Virtual Fashion™ brought together friends and supporters of the organization to promote sustainability advances over the past two years within the design community. The evening also premiered the winning designs of the organisations 2020 and 2021 RCGD Global Design Contest to a cohort of sustainability supporters in Los Angeles. 

 

‘’Tonight we rejoiced at the return of our Pre-Oscars celebration. After two years of remote activity it’s been a pleasure to have our friends and supporters in one room to applaud fabrication and technological advances in the fashion industry alongside finally showcasing Sanah Sharma, Jasmine Kelly Rutherford and Yuriko Fukuda’s RCGD GLOBAL Design Contest winning looks, alongside revealing Benjamin Koh’s incredible design to be showcased later this year. On Sunday we look forward to continuing the celebrations with the unveiling of our annual sustainable gowns created with our partner TENCEL™ on the red carpet at the 94th Academy Awards ®.’’ – Suzy Amis Cameron, Founder of RCGD GLOBAL.

“We are proud to partner with RCGD Global for the third consecutive year in greening up the Oscars and empowering rising designers through the global design contest. These events are major milestones in our goal to bridge the divide between responsibility luxury fashion and bringing positive impact to our planet. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of TENCEL™ this year, the ongoing collaboration supports our overarching mission to provide brands and designers with sustainable solutions, focusing on enhancing circularity and achieving a completely transparent supply chain,” – Harold Weghorst, Global Vice President of Marketing and Branding at Lenzing AG. 

Sanah Sharma, Jasmine Rutherford, Yuriko Fukuda and Benjamin Koh, the winning designs of the 2020 and 2021 Global Design Contest, organized in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO Virtual Fashion™, had their work unveiled publicly for the first time. Originating from India, America, Singapore and Japan all of the stunning designs are being created with TENCEL™ Luxe and TENCEL™ with Benjamin Koh’s work to be unveiled at a later date in the year for a surprise activation.  Founded by leading environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron over a decade ago, the international design contest is open to talented designers over the age of 21. Enabling design talent all over the world to enter the prestigious competition, alongside established designers looking to begin or extend their sustainable journey.

We have been so grateful to partner with Red Carpet Green Dress™ on this progressive initiative over the months, and to be the exclusive 3D technology solution powering the digital twins of the winning garments. Our hope is that other up and coming designers will see the benefits of using CLO in their design processes to create in a more sustainable way. – Simon Kim, CEO at CLO Virtual Fashion.

Sanah Sharma’s gown represents the earth and the relationship it shares with its inhabitants. This zero-waste gown has been made using my special cutting technique called Planar Flux. The outer structure, representing living beings, is embellished with Swarovski crystals in the shape of DNA and envelopes the inner delicate layer representing Earth.

Jasmine Kelly Rutherford’s design was inspired by the classic silhouette of a man’s three piece suit. The suit features a coat with hand smocked sleeves, an off the shoulder pleated blouse that is reminiscent of the classic button down, and pleated slacks that evoke a sense of modernity and femininity. The suit was designed to accentuate the natural curves of a body and flatter the wearer.

Yuriko’s inspiration comes from confident and sophisticated women, those able to voice their personality, values, and opinions through their clothing without speaking. The design features used  and the recycled yarn to sew the entire fabric. It consists of draping, with the top part asymmetrically structured. There is extra volume around the neck to create a dramatic effect,  a little bit of Swarovski crystals to add shimmer. The boning is inserted in the seams of the corset, which are attached underneath the dress to create a structure on the waist.

Named Project 肇 ( ZHAO ), Benjamin’s suit is based on the idea of bridging fast and slow fashion. Approachable and relatable garments are used as the foundation of the design. The patterns are specifically designed to break the garment apart into a modular system to enable customization. This customization of garments allows consumers to change or replace parts either to expand their wardrobe styles or simply reduce waste.

Alongside this evening’s exhibition opportunity, access to RCGD’s network of sustainability pioneers and talents, the contest prize for the design contest includes a business mentorship, monetary prize and partner goodies.

Tonight’s celebration took place ahead of the 94th Academy Awards ® this Sunday, where RCGD Global and TENCEL™’s 3rd annual Oscar® partnership gowns will be unveiled. The collaboration produces occasionwear using renewable cellulose-based sources of 100% botanic origin. To qualify as a RCGD Global eco-conscious garment, each piece should be made from sustainable materials –  including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made craftsmanship details or small local production with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment and people. The campaign focuses on social elements of sustainability including human resources, community impact, value cycle and legal frameworks. Ambassadors for the campaign this coming Oscar® Sunday include:

  • Star of Uncharted, You, Jigsaw  and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Tati Gabrielle.
  • West Side Story’s Paloma Garcia Lee. 
  • Additional names to be revealed on Oscar® Sunday, March 27th, 2022.

The designers of each sustainable gown will be revealed on Oscar® Sunday, March 27th, 2022. 

About TENCEL™ and TENCEL™ Luxe

TENCEL™ is the flagship brand under The Lenzing Group that covers textile specialty product fiber offerings. Since 1992, the TENCEL™ brand has been driving the evolution of fiber solutions for the apparel and home textile segments through several industry-first innovations and environmentally responsible production processes. Product brands under TENCEL™ include TENCEL™ Active, TENCEL™ Denim, TENCEL™ Home, TENCEL™ Intimate, TENCEL™ Luxe and TENCEL™ for Footwear. 

TENCEL™ Luxe branded lyocell filament yarn is derived from wood grown in renewable, sustainably managed forests, in line with the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy. The silk-like continuous filament yarn is produced in an environmentally sound closed-loop process that recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%.

Registered with The Vegan Society, TENCEL™ Luxe filament yarn offers with its luxurious touch a botanic, biodegradable alternative to silk. 

TENCEL™ Luxe is a unique filament yarn created for the high-end fashion market under TENCEL™, the textile specialty brand of The Lenzing Group.

About CLO VIRTUAL FASHION

CLO Virtual Fashion is a multinational technology company founded in 2009. With more than 15 years of research and development in garment simulation, CLO Virtual Fashion is leading the market by digitally merging, consolidating, and converging all components related to digital garments through its state-of-the-art 3D Cloth Simulation Algorithm. From 3D garment design software, digital asset management and design development collaborative platform, to consumer facing services such as virtual fitting on e-commerce, all of CLO Virtual Fashion’s products and services are interconnected to provide clients and users with a more consolidated experience. Their products include CLO, 3D design software for apparel designers and brands, Marvelous Designer, 3D design software for character artists at gaming and animation companies, CLO-SET, communications and archiving platform for virtual garments, and CLO-SET Connect, global community for fashion creators and open marketplace. CLO Virtual Fashion is a global company with offices in New York, Munich, Los Angeles, Madrid, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangalore, and Tokyo. 

For more information, visit http://www.clovirtualfashion.com.

About Thompson Hollywood

Thompson Hollywood is a luxury lifestyle hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine. A dynamic mix of global sophistication, hyper-local immersion and intuitive service, the prime location embodies the Thompson Hotels brand’s promise to provide guests with the ultimate “in-the-know” experience at the refined edge of travel.

The property features 190 guest rooms, including 16 suites, Mes Amis, a sophisticated feature dining concept from acclaimed LA-based chef Lincoln Carson and Bar Lis, a destination rooftop lounge and pool with unparalleled city views. The much-anticipated project is owned by Relevant Group, in collaboration with Steinberg Hart for architecture and interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, with Ten Five Hospitality overseeing food and beverage.

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