Now I’m not normally one for too many fashion posts, or writing about the red carpet events that happen every year – I’ll leave that to the lovely Ria over at Thoroughly Modern Millennial – but I couldn’t go past this one without saying anything.
All over the internet at the moment are photos and videos of the wonders that was the 2016 Met Gala. If you’re unfamiliar with this event, it’s the “annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.” – Wikipedia.
Basically, it’s fashion central. Each year there’s a theme, this year’s being Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology, and the gala (also know as the Met Ball) marks the opening for that year’s Costume Institute exhibition.
As you can imagine, celebrities flock to the Met Gala, dressed in their finest, designer outfits and strut their stuff. Both during and after the event, the media goes wild, and starts declaring the ‘Best Dressed’, ‘Best Dressed Couple’, ‘Most Glamourous’ etc etc. Seeing what the celebs are wearing is exciting, it’s often breath taking, and sometimes even cringe worthy. But no one stood out to me more at the Met Gala than Emma Watson.
While most famously known her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series (what what!) in the years following the end of the movie series she has been taking the world by storm and kicking some serious activism and gender equality butt. You may have seen her in the incredible campaign called He for She, or watched as this 26 year old amazed the world with her UN Women Goodwill Ambassador speech on gender equality and feminism.
In an interview on CNN Style she said that last year she made the decision that she would only wear sustainable outfits on the red carpet, and this red carpet event was no different.
What you see in here is a fully sustainable outfit.
“…the majority of the fabric used was made from Newlife, a yarn made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles; and the detailing on the bustier was made with organic silk and cotton.” – CNN Style
Not only do I absolutely love the fact that this is what she’s working on and aiming for, especially in such an insane industry as fashion world, but that she’s worked with people who are on board with her. Emma says in her interview with CNN Style that she wanted something that was not only made ethically and from recycled elements, but an outfit that she could wear again. The trousers, the skirt, the bustier top – all beautiful parts which made a stunning whole, but all parts that can be worn again for different events.
Something I always wonder about red carpet events is what happens with all the dresses at the end of the night. If the celebrities wore them again, then we would hear about it – that’s the way of the fashion world – but if they’re not wearing them again for different shows and events, do they just hang in their huge walk-in closets? No seriously, I’d love to know. Give me some inside knowledge, if you have it.
I love that Emma is showing me, you, us, that sustainable fashion is not only doable, but you can create beautiful outfits that can be worn again and again. That, to me, is what fashion should be doing.
Here’s you to, Emma. May we, like you, learn to change the world one dress at a time.