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The most iconic sustainable red-carpet moments of all time.

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These fashion moments are not only chic and stunning, but sustainable and eco-friendly too. According to Vogue, there has been a rise in repeat wearing, cruelty-free and eco-friendly fashion. The fashion magazine calls this a “game changer” and says that bringing sustainability into high end fashion evokes a new meaning and sense of creativity in the consciousness of these pieces.

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Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney, 2012.

Stella McCartney has been focused on sustainable and cruelty-free products since the inception of the company in 2001.

At the 2012 Met Gala Cameron Diaz wore a stunning drop-back McCartney gown in a deep champagne colour. The gown was both form fitting and flowing with a sleek pillar-style silhouette, wrist length sleeves and gaping fabric across the lower back.

The gown was made from organic golden silk and covered with beads made from recycled glass. McCartney’s website says they use “peace silk”, a silk that is made traditionally but allows the silkworms to naturally cocoon and emerge as moths before the silk is gathered and used.

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Billy Porter in Sergio Guadarrama, 2019

At the Tony Awards Porter wore a suit and gown hybrid crafted from the velvet curtain used during the musical Kinky Boots. The set piece was transformed into a gown with a train, cigarette-style form fitting pants and button-down collared vest. The stunning red piece was both a tribute to the show and a political statement about the importance of reuse and recycling in the theatre industry, a cause close to the designer and Porter’s heart.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Stella McCartney, 2020

During the 2020 award season, the Joker actor vowed to wear the same Stella McCartney suit to every event to promote sustainable fashion and make a statement about waste reduction. The suit was a simple black and white tuxedo that fit the actor perfectly. Vogue called sited this look saying, “one good suit is all you need”.

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Saoirse Ronan in custom Gucci, 2020

Ronan attended the BAFTA awards wearing a stunning black satin ballgown made from discarded satin. The gown was floor length with a short train, corseted boned bodice, spaghetti straps and a ball gown style skirt that dropped from the hips. Ronan wore the gown to support the eco-friendly dress code of the event, that many other attendees ignored, and continued her support throughout the 2020 award season as she wore a similarly created gown to the Oscars the following week.

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Emma Watson in Calvin Klein, 2016

At the 2016 Met Gala Watson wore a stunning black and white gown that encapsulated the elegance and complexity of the actress and the event with its long train, old Hollywood style neckline and sharp contrasting cut outs, trousers, and long belts on the front of the trousers. The dress was an artistic gamble and suited the chaotic theme of the annual fashion event.

The dress was made from recycled plastic in a collaboration between Calvin Klein and Eco-Age. Every element of the gown was sustainable, right down to the zippers. Watson thanked the team behind the gown for allowing her to repurpose plastic as one of the biggest pollutants in the world.

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