Each year the Met Gala provides a theme of dress according to the exhibition on display at the Costume Institute. This years Met Gala’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, provided an opportunity for invitee’s to not only assert their fashion credentials but also their heavenly values with more sustainable choices than ever.
Here are four ways you can follow their stellar examples at your next event (and carve your way to heaven too).
1- Take Part in the Green Carpet Challenge
Taking a stand against throwaway fashion is now a profitable marketing strategy. Livia Firth, founder of The Sustainable Fashion Initiative ECO-AGE began The Green Carpet Challenge as an opportunity for designers to get a little more creative by finding ways to create more sustainable looks without compromising on style. ECO-AGE is described as a “world-renowned sustainability initiative that creates a compelling and press-worthy narrative to amplify a brand’s environmental principles.”
At this years Met Gala, Firth led the way in a Giambattista Valli dress made from Taroni silk (chosen for its commitment to sustainability and responsible production), Chopard jewellery, a clutch from ethical brand, Kayu, and re-wore a pair of Roger Vivier shoes.
#ColinFirth and @liviafirth at the #MetGala. Livia is wearing a #GreenCarpetChallenge @giambattistavalliparis dress made from silk and @chopard jewellery #TheJourneyToSustainableLuxury. Giambattista Valli sourced exquisite silk from @Taronisilk, founded in 1880 in Como and chosen for its commitment to sustainability and responsible production, Taroni was recognised at The Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia 2017, winning the coveted Sustainable Producer award. The shoes are beyond #30wears @rogervivier, worn for the first time at the Oscars in 2011 and many green carpets ever since and clutch by ethical brand @kayudesign. Hair and makeup by @johnnylavoy and @campbellritchie. Colin is re-wearing his old @tomford tux #30wears and @Chopard watch #SustainableFashion #MetGala2018
Read the GCC Criteria here.
2- Reject Fur and Leather.
Stella McCartney has been flying the flag for sustainable fashion since the dawn of time and has proudly never used leather or fur in any of her collections. The company has now taken this principle one step further by creating ‘Stella’s World of Sustainability’, a dedicated online platform that furthers their sustainability mission by educating in and around the topic of sustainable fashion. The brands commitment to defining the future of fashion is vast and uncompromising, looking at everything from social sustainability to the exploration of new technologies.
McCartney dressed Miley Cyrus and Paris Jackson this year (as well as herself) and the three proudly used the publicity of the event to speak out on the subject. When asked by Vogue about the origins of her outfit Miley said, “My message is veganism, and that there doesn’t have to be torture in fabulous fashion.”
3- Rinse and Repeat
Cate Blanchett re-wore her Armani Prive gown from the 2014 Golden Globes to Cannes this year. The move was intentioned for scrutiny, as when questioned she released a statement saying,
“From couture to T-shirts, landfills are filled with garments that have been unnecessarily discarded. Particularly in today’s climate, it seems wilful and ridiculous that such beautiful garments are not cherished and reworn for a lifetime.”
President of The Cannes Film Festival jury #CateBlanchett opens the red carpet in style as she re-wears an extraordinary @giorgioarmani Privé Couture gown that was first worn to The Golden Globes in 2014. Cate also chose to wear @chopard jewellery #TheJourneyToSustainableLuxury On re-wearing this special look Cate says ‘From couture to t-shirts, landfill is full of garments that have been unnecessarily discarded. Particularly in today’s climate, it seems willful and ridiculous that such garments are not cherished and reworn for a lifetime.’ #30wears #cannes2018 #GreenCarpetChallenge
Kate Middleton also re-wore a suit she had been seen in multiple times to The Royal Wedding. Time to blow apart the myth that we have to keep buying new things constantly, and that wearing cherishing something that is practically a piece of art is somehow a taboo.
4- Take an Interest in the Production Methods and Materials that Companies use.
Gisele has participated in the aforementioned Green Carpet Challenge before in September 2017 (in Stella McCartney). This year she wore an eco-friendly look by Versace. According to her Instagram account, the dress is “100% organic silk, ecologically dyed, threads 100% organic cotton, everything certified GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).” Living proof that you can combine looking like you’ve been dropped from Heaven whilst also behaving like Mother Earth.
Ready to go! Thank you to the entire @versace team for working so hard to make me an eco dress. The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Thank you to my super team @hungvanngo @davidvoncannon @georgecortina and @deborahlippman for getting me ready for tonight!✨ 🙏✨ Pronta! Obrigada por toda equipe da @versace por trabalhar tão duro para fazer meu vestido totalmente sustentável. O tecido e forro de seda são 100% orgânicos e ecologicamente tingidos, as linhas são de algodão 100% orgânico e tudo é certificado pela organização GOTS.Obrigada @hungvanngo @davidvoncannon @georgecortina e @deborahlippman por me prepararem para esta noite!