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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
Based in Norway, Leila Hafzi is commited to eco-concious fashion and female empowerment.
Her romantic bohemian gowns are produced in Kathmandu, Nepal since the brand's beginnings, ensuring environmental friendly production and empowering artisan communities.zed by their romantic, feminine and bohemian look combined with a Love fusion of themes from different c
Hafzi has also co-founded the non-profit Rebuild Nepal to further her mission to help make emerging economies better places to live by building earthquake resistant homes and schools.
w inspiration from Norway, Persia, Greece and Nepal.
Another beautiful British brand, Bon Bridé was created by Pippa Cooke, with a sustainability ethos in mind as well as bringing a fashion forward aesthetic to bridalwear. I am particularly in love with the dresses high neckline and pearl trim, bringing a relaxed yet refined aura to the design.
Based in Los Angeles, Reformation uses eco-friendly and sustainable practices to create effortless beautiful dresses for all women. They invest in green-building infrastructure to minimize waste and water, have been carbon neutral for the past 5 years and provide on the job training and opportunities for growth for those who work making the garments.
Lola Varma is a minimal bridal wear designed by Courtney Illfield, in Perth, Australia.
The dresses are made to order, combining hight quality silk, fine cotton and wool to create fluid beautiful dresses and wedding separates.
Finally, to end close to home, I love these two gowns by Calla Lilies Studio. The charming and feminine gowns designed by Silvia Macedo, are made in Lausanne, featuring natural fabrics such as silk, cotton or wool (sourced in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy or UK) and beautiful embroidered details.
To avoid over-production or surplus inventory, every gown is made to measure. She also uses the textile trimmings to make hair accesories, which minimizes all waste.
Having a close relationship with her suppliers, Silvia is able to have a better traceability of the materials she uses and its supply chain.
Beautiful sustainable gowns with a minimal carbon footprint that supports a local maker!? I would say yes!
With all my love,
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All other images from each designer's website/ Harper's Bazaar.