Sunday, 24 February 2013

Watch out for Naomie at the Oscars tonight wearing the Red Carpet Green Dress

  1. Naomie Harris @NaomieHarris
    My  dress took 120 hours to make, dyed with camomile and golden rod, hand embroidered with vintage beads and chocolate wrappers!
  2. Naomie Harris @NaomieHarris
    My Oscar dress is the winning design of the contest designed by Michael Badger, and made by Vivienne Westwood's team.
  3. Naomie Harris @NaomieHarris
    So excited about the  tomorrow! My first time going! AND, I'm wearing a gorgeous  dress!

So excited about going to the Oscars tomorrow!! I'll be wearing the winning design from the 'Red Carpet Green Dress' challenge, a worldwide design competition open to designers from all backgrounds and levels of experience, to create a red carpet worthy dress that is made from organic, sustainable or recycled fabrics. The winning designer is then mentored by an established design house to create the dress. This year the winning design is by Michael Badger from Ghana, who had his design brought to life by Vivienne Westwood's team, and I am priviledged to wear it!!
A few facts about my dress: it's made from organic silk crepe de chine dyed using chamomile and golden rod. No chemicals were used. The embroidery is made with vintage beads from the 20's through to the 60's, and incorporates chocolate wrappers!! It took 120 hours to make, and 500(!!) hours to do all the embroidery, which was all done by hand by a team of 10 students at the Royal school of Needlework. The aim of wearing the dress is to communicate a message about environmental awareness and responsibility.

Will you be watching for Bond girl Naomie Harris wearing our dress tomorrow at the ?

'Skyfall' actress will wear a sustainable gown designed by the Red Carpet Green Dress challenge winner.
Thu, Feb 21 2013 at 10:55 AM

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While Livia Firth and her Green Carpet Challenge posse like keep their participating Oscar celebs a secret until the last minute, Suzy Amis Cameron is a bit more revealing. 
The 51-year-old wife of director James Cameron is the founder of the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge - a sustainable fashion competition that allows designers from all over the world an opportunity to get their eco-friendly threads on the Oscars red carpet. Last year, "The Artist" star Missi Pyle wore a flowing blue gown made from organic silk and peace silk, hand-dyed with natural mineral pigments and lined with recycled polyester.
For the 2013 Academy Awards, Naomie Harris ("Skyfall," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "28 Days Later") will wear a winning design created by Michael Badger - a Ghana-born designer currently studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. He submitted his entry, described as "inspired by a volcano and how lava flows," in a recycled sketchbook and on 100 percent hemp watercolor paper.
New to the contest this year, Badger brought his creation to life under the guidance of the Couture team at Vivienne Westwood.
"This is such an enormous opportunity," he told ELLE. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to dispel the idea that one must sacrifice glamour and fantasy in order to be eco-friendly, and the idea of working with the incredible icon of fashion design that is Vivienne Westwood is too much. The thought of a dress that once only existed in my head being worn at the Oscars is just mind-blowing."
According to a blog post by Amis Cameron, the dress will feature "dyes from plants known for their therapeutic properties, fabric which is an organic GOTS certified organic silk Crepe De Chine, and some unique and beautiful vintage and recycled elements."
“I’m thrilled to be representing Red Carpet Green Dress by wearing this beautiful design to the Oscars next month,” says Harris. “I look forward to meeting contest winner Michael Badger and working with Dame Vivienne Westwood and her couture team as part of this exciting project.”
Look for Harris and the winning Red Carpet Green Dress this Sunday, February 24 during the 85th Academy Awards. 

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