7 Ethical Dresses for Your Dream Wedding
You’re planning to get married, but you want to wear a dress that matches not only your style but your values as well. Here are our choices for gorgeous, ethical dresses to make the day as memorable as it is beautiful.
Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture
USA: One of LA’s top environmentally conscious designers, Deborah Lindquist specialises in bespoke and limited-edition wedding and red carpet occasion dresses. Everything is made in LA from upcycled and ethical fibers like peace silk, organic cotton and organic linen.
SWEDEN: Leila Hafzi defines luxury as “something rare that has taken considerable time to make.” Her hand-draped collection of formal dresses and bridal gowns fit that description. When traveling in Kathmandu, she found herself inspired to start a fashion company that met several purposes: to help shift the impression of Nepal and raise awareness of artisan communities there; to employ women and teach them highly specialized skills (like draping); and to build a sustainable, ethical business that would grab consumers’ attention and imagination before they even knew the label’s backstory.
USA: Lindee Daniel, has carved a niche within the world of handmade and hand-draped wedding dresses. Using only sustainable fabrics like wild and peace silks, organic cottons and other natural fabrics, in the fiber’s natural color or with a natural dyeing process. All pieces made in LA.
UK: Minna was launched by Finnish-born, UK-based designer Minna Hepburn in 2008. The line includes vintage-inspired bridal dresses and accessories and also features womenswear and a range of children’s clothing inspired by Hepburn’s daughter’s love for pret- ty and playful dresses. Dedicated to local manufacturing, each dress is hand embellished and made from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles.
UK: Last year Minna (above) launched a diffusion line called Indie Bride, offering the same ethical and vintage fabrics but at a more affordable price point. Plus, the range is designed so that you can buy it online without fittings, or the need to visit their (non-traditional) showroom in London. With no more twelve month turnaround times, no tulle, diamonds or cupcakes on display this option is perfect for the girl who’s wedding will as relaxed as she is.
Canada: Pure Magnolia is committed to using sustainable fabrics in a range of prices. The collection is made up of customizable dresses of European laces, Indian Silks, Organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics. Pure Magnolia also offers a great line of separates, for brides who don’t want to wear a traditional ‘dress’. Contact them too if you want help remaking an heirloom gown.
Tara Lynn Bridal
USA: Tara Lynn’s gowns are inspired by her love of nature that surrounds herVermont studio. Her solar-powered studio is filled with a lifelong collection of colorful vintage fabrics, lace, beads, buttons and trim, she pulls from for her handmade, bespoke creations.