A simple way to reduce the impact of textile manufacturing is to reuse what has already been produced. We draw on the wealth of vintage and used gowns available as a source for inspiration and material. With expert care, some vintage gowns can be worn again with minimal alteration. Others need a full restyle. Either way, we begin the process with less impact, and that’s a great thing.
Many of our custom gowns are created with new textiles, including our favorite peace silk. Peace silk is created from the cocoon of the silk worm after the moth has emerged, allowing it to continue its life cycle, a more humane method than traditional silk processing. Our textile provider also engages in Fair Trade practices, ensuring the silk farmers are given a living wage at minimum.
Organic Cotton Muslin Reused (and Reused, and Reused!)
Every custom gown is first constructed in organic cotton muslin, so that we can perfect the fit of your gown before cutting into the fine fabrics of the final gown. Once the pattern of the gown is transferred from the muslin to fine fabric, we save as much of the cotton muslin as possible for reuse with our next client. We try to minimize the amount of new muslin we use, reducing our use of new textiles, and reducing the cost to you!