Through each sustainable design RCGD seeks to show a range of ways in which more positive practices can be incorporated though the creative and production process, demonstrating several practices which are both scalable and viable.
In 2010 Jillian Granz, a Michigan State University senior, won the competition with a dress made from peace silk. Granz used a no-waste pattern and reclaimed lining. Suzy Amis Cameron wore the winning design to the Oscars in 2010.
Samata Pattinson is a British born Ghanaian designer who won the competition in 2011. Pattinson sourced certified hemp and silk chiffon which was hand died with cranberry residue and embroidered with vintage beads from jewellery. Her design was worn by model Aine Rose Campbell.
In February 2012 at the 84th Annual Academy Awards actress Missi Pyle (The Artist) took to the carpet in a flowing blue gown made from organic silk and peace silk, hand-dyed with mineral dye and lined with recycled polyester from excess waste fabric. Venezuelan born, Miami-based designer Valentina Delfino’s gown was dyed in an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved facility in Los Angeles by Edwina Pellikka. Designer Angelo Santos created Valentina’s gown.
Ghanaian-born Michael Badger was the 2013 winner whose stunning gold creation made People Magazine’s Best Dressed List. Badger holds a B.F.A. in fashion design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by a volcano and how lava flows, his golden gown was created from fabric which is an GOTS certified silk Crepe De Chine, dyed using seeds from chamomile and goldenrod by Penny Walsh, and incorporated vintage and recycled elements – including candy wrappers. Dame Vivienne Westwood brought the stunning gown to life.
Alice Elia, who is a student at ESMOD in Paris.Kurylenko’s gown is 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk and 100% GOTS certified organic silk, hand-dyed with Sappanwood and then over-dyed with madder root to achieve the resulting shade of red by Penny Walsh. Kurylenko wore a Red Carpet Green Dress special vegan shoe – a faux suede, metallic-trimmed heel (a collaboration between PETA and ethical U.K. based footwear label Beyond Skin).
Jomnarn Dul’s design was worn by Kellan Lutz, of “Twilight” fame. Lutz’s tuxedo jacket was 45% certified silk 8and 55% rPET (recycled plastic bottles), his tux trousers are hemp dyed with logwood and his waistcoat is made from hemp and 100-year-old Spitalfields silk that was dyed with marigold flowers. Established designer Jeff Garner, of Prophetik mentored Jomnarn in the creation of her tuxedo.
In 2015 Tingting Chen dressed actor Jake McDorman in a tuxedo comprised of dead-stock 100% wool, lining made of dead-stock 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk, and trim of peace silk dyed with logwood. McDorman wore a vegan shoe from Moo Shoes called The Innovator, a shirt by EKOCYCLE™ and hemp boxers.
Manon Gabard‘s gown for Emmy winner Gina Rodriguez was a dazzling vibrant blue made from 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk and dyed with low impact GOTS dye. Her look was finished off with vintage Neil lane jewels, an Edie Parker clutch and shoes from Jimmy Choo.
Both Gabard and Chen are fashion students at ESMOD-ISEM in Paris.
In 2016, Red Carpet Green Dress changed the campaign format, introducing an internship with leading global fashion brand, Vivienne Westwood. Sophie Turner wore ethical brand Galvan for the campaign, whilst Vivienne Westwood constructed a gown made from recycled plastic bottle for Lily Cole. Find out more about the 2016 campaign here.
In 2017, the campaign worked with Armani and Vivienne Westwood exclusively to create gowns for Emma Roberts and Priyanka Bose. Armani supplied a classic Giorgio Armani gown from his very first Prive’ collection. The gown was accessorized with exclusive pieces from Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry, whilst Vivienne Westwood created a dress from scratch for Priyanka Bose. The custom designed gown, is created in a jewel toned silk and lurex floral jacquard fabric, recycled from a past Vivienne Westwood collection. The pattern cutting technique has been designed to keep waste to an absolute minimum, using only 320 cms for the design. Leftover sequin film, usually left as waste from sequin production, is embroidered to the bodice of the dress creating a honeycomb effect, highlighted with reclaimed Swarovski crystals for added sparkle.