Want to know more about what went into making our stunning dress?
Well….the couture team at Vivienne Westwood worked tirelessly on this dress, putting in well over 120 hours. The dress was constructed in their gorgeous Battersea office. The hand embroidery by the Royal School Of Needlework was a huge part of the sustainable story – emphasising the importance of hand crafts over fast machine led fashion. The embroidery took over 500 hrs with a team of 22 including students working on the dress. Hand embroidery is an old art form which is very applicable to the modern fashion industry. One small embroidered ‘lava piece’ took up to 7 hours!
Our fabric is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic silk crepe de chine. It was dyed using chamomille and golden rod. No chemicals were used and our colouring process has just received the Greenpeace international ‘Detox Fashion’ stamp of approval. Check out this fantastic article here about why they chose to support our dress!
Elements to the dress like zips and threads were reclaimed zips and we used an organic cotton thread for the embroidery. The dress was embroidered with old vintage beads from the 20′s through to the 60′s and Westwood have also incorporated Chocolate wrappers. The embroidery was done by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace and took over 700 hours! All of the embroidery can be taken off afterwards with relative ease. Our beads are vintage – bringing in the ‘old’ concept – re-using not throwing away. All the beads are glass not plastic.