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Ethical Wedding Dresses from Designers We Love

The year has passed by like a whirlwind and it's already December!!! Which means that many of you will likely get engaged or are in the lookout for your wedding dress!!!

The arrival of December also means that Dressember is here and for me, 31 one days of wearing a dress! Dressember is a global mouvement that uses creativity and fashion to raise awareness against human trafficking and to gather funds for anti-trafficking efforst around the world.

In honour of those two things, I thought I would share some of my favorite wedding dresses from designers that are defined by quality, craftsmanship and ethical values!!!

As you start this new exciting and beautiful chapter of your life, I encourage you to start your wedding planning with sustainability in mind, so as to make a positive impact to the world and to other people. When choosing your dress, go for a made-to-order design with high-quality natural fabrics made by people that receive a fair living wage for their work.

You can also opt for secondhand dresses ( Gossamer, Once Wed and Noya Bridal are excellent options!)

Without further ado, here are the some ethical choices to be inspired by, specially for the modern bridal looking for clean and sleek lines, romantic mouvement, effortless looks and fashion forward designs in beautiful textiles!!!

Luna Bea Bridal

A small independent British studio lead by designer Lou Simmonds, Luna Bea is a celebration of femininity and sustainability! She creates the most luxurious hand-sewn silken wonders! Believe me, I tried one of her gowns and made me want to get married again!

With an exceptional attention to detail and highest quality craftsmanship, all the gowns are made in London, using ethically sourced materials as well as fair-trade practices. My all-time favorite remains La Lune dress I am dying to discover her new collection, 'Flow', that will be launched in the following days!

Sanyukta Shresta

A nepalese born designer, Sanyukta was one of the first ones to introduce a sustainable ethos into the bridal industry.

Hand spun, hand-woven, hand-embroidered, and handmade from start to finish, using natural and sustainable fibres with traceable sourcing, this luxurious dresses help preserve a millennial Nepalese tradition and helps empower local female artisans.

Leanne Marshall

A designer based in Portland, Oregon, Leanne creates ethereal and feminine gowns, adding textures and colour to many of her designs.

After the wedding, you can also have your dress transformed to continue using it for many years more!

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl is a luxury womenswear brand based in London, funded by Amy Powney, that recently launched a bridal line, Pearly Whites. Celebrating individuality, authenticity and sustainability, the line features modern and simple silhouettes, following the brand's core values of environmental and social responsability and transparency.

Stella MacCartney

Since starting her eponymous brand, Stella has promoted a sustainable and cruelty free approach to design. Her bridal collection, "Made with Love", features clean sleek lines, using eco-friendly materials. The pieces are created in Italian factories in Puglia, Abruzzo and Marche. Here are my two favorite designs from the line. You will probably recognize the first one, the elegant reception dress wore by Meghan Markle on her wedding day!