Red Carpet Green Dress brings eco-glamour to the Oscars
Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") wore the winning design, which featured vintage glass beads, chocolate candy wrappers and reclaimed zippers.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC
Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") wasn't just one of the best-dressed women at the Oscars. She was certainly the most eco-friendly. She wore the winning design by Michael Badger for Red Carpet Green Dress, constructed at Vivienne Westwood's London studio from organic silk crepe de chine. The embroidery incorporated vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers, and the zippers were reclaimed. Natural goldenrod and chamomile were used in the chemical-free dyeing process, which received a stamp of approval from Greenpeace International's Detox Fashion Campaign.
Badger, who made his sketches in a recycled sketchbook and illustrated his design on hemp watercolor paper, was the fourth winner in the contest, entry fees from which benefit charity. This year, $120,000 was raised for MUSE School CA, a nonprofit school in Malibu, Calif., founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, founder of the contest, and her sister Rebecca Amis.
The 100 percent biodegradable gown, which took 120 hours to make, will be on display at the Hampton Court Palace in London this summer at the behest of the Royal School of Needlework. After that, it will be archived and displayed at future Red Carpet Green dress functions.