Check out eco-wedding dresses and Danielle as she interviews "Project Runway" winner Leanne Marshall. (Nick Scott/MNN)
We all know that the dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding for every bride. Well, I’m gonna talk to a couple different designers to show you that you need not compromise your sense of style in order to have a sustainable eco-friendly dress. First, we’re gonna talk to Jessica of wedvert. Welcome.
Jessica: Thank you. Thank you for having me.
Danielle: So wedvert is now launching a new collection of sustainable and gorgeous wedding gowns. Is that correct?
Jessica: Yes. Yes, it is.
Danielle: So, first tell us a little bit about what [indistinct] is and then specifically about this new line of product and dresses.
Jessica: It’s a place where brides can come and find really stylish, really chic options and ideas for their event without sacrificing their sense of sustainability or their ethics.
Danielle: So when you’re talking about a completely sustainable wedding line, we’re talking about all the fabrics even the liner. So you can’t have an eco-friendly wedding dress that’s maybe a hemp silk but then a polyester liner.
Jessica: Which is what happens a lot of the time and so we worked with Jess to come up with natural materials that work underneath as well as on the outside, things like hemp silk satin and natural chiffon, things that are all untouched, undyed, untreated, no bleach, completely biodegradable.
Danielle: So what’s also very cool about this I think and very surprising for many of the brides out there is just by going sustainable and finding something cool and chic, it doesn’t mean it’s gonna kill your wallet.
Jessica: Right. Well, our motto is sort of go green, save green. These dresses are all completely price competitive to other conventional dresses on the market. They start at $800.00 go to $2000.00.
Danielle: This is like unheard of.
Jessica: Incredible. I mean, you shop for bridal dresses, you know what’s out there.
Danielle: Yeah. Well, that’s incredible. So I guess let’s take a look at some of these beautiful designs without further adieu. Wow. This one is gorgeous. I love the layers.
Jessica: Yeah, this is the Evergreen dress which is sort of the namesake dress of the collection. It’s made from 100 percent natural silk and chiffon. It is biodegradable and sustainable but no one would ever know because it’s so perfect.
Danielle: So I’m not gonna lie. This is my favorite of the collection. I’m picturing an outdoor wedding with this one.
Jessica: This is the evening dress. It’s 100 percent natural, silk chiffon, sheer, it flows. Again, undyed, untreated, biodegradable. This is sort of for the bride who’s looking for something a little more formal but not anything too constricting. It’s a natural chiffon like all the other materials, biodegradable and sustainable.
Danielle: Right. Not like a big skirt or anything fussy but just the beading makes it a little bit more fancy I guess. So we’re here with Leanne Marshall from Project Runway as you may know and we’re just gonna talk a little bit about some different sustainable wedding design options. So when you say that a collection’s sustainable, what do you mean? What does that mean to you?
Leanne: Well, it’s produced fair labor. And it’s using a lot of bamboos, hemps, organic cotton.
Danielle: So this dress here that is a totally sustainable wedding dress, right? And this you said was a hemp silk?
Leanne: Yeah, it’s a hemp silk and then the bodice is an organic cotton and bamboo blends.
Danielle: If you could see and touch this dress in person, you might flip out. The texture is like so feminine and so beautiful.
Leanne: You know, I think that a lot of women feel that they have to compromise and settle for something that’s, you know, a little bit more casual or you know, kind of like, a hippie Mother Earth look and I really want to tap into that market that is you know, it’s is a beautiful dress. It’s maybe a little bit more formal, more sophisticated looking. But it also happens to be great for the environment.
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Danielle Venokur, creator of a Manhattan-based sustainable event planning company, hosts MNN's "The Green Party." In this series, Danielle offers her easy and elegant ideas for hosting intimate gatherings and big events in an eco-friendly way. Danielle has mastered the art of blending stylish and hip while being sustainable and responsible. You can learn about her party style by looking at other chapters of "The Green Party" video series.