Eco chic bride at the Eden project

Eco chic Bride at the Eden project

Reuse, recycle, rework - last month I was lucky enough to be introduced to the events team at The Eden Project, Cornwall, who set me the task of making an eco wedding dress and they asked for it to be recycled. Reusing/recycling is about as eco as you can get and I was lucky to have two rather 80s wedding dresses donated for the purpose. One had been in a bin bag in a shed for 4 years, beautifully aged and covered in lace. It’s lovely owner wanted to see it made into something new. The other was a plain and sad looking charity shop find with a pointy waistband and muddy stains around the hem, but made from raw silk with plenty of gathers to play with and lots of potential for a new life.

First job was to bundle them into a cool silk wash – amazing how a great big 18th century inspired skirt still managed to get throught the door of my domestic machine, petticoat and all!  Second job hang them up and wait for the right inspiration….  scroll down for the before and after pics

         

                

Using the skirt from one dress, the bodice from the other and a fair bit of  tweaking a completely new wedding dress emerged from make do and mend to vintage inspired loveliness. Recycling does not have to mean rough and ready and a cool contemporary dress can be achieved by restyling preloved gowns. Gorgeous model Siobhan came along to the fair to show off the dress properly and we accessorised the look with one of Holly Young’s vintage inspired headpieces made from a beautiful vintage feather pad.  This whole look is on trend right now, a savvy way to recycle and a great opportunity to show off some rather special shoes.

Re-styled recycled dresses can be ordered as a bespoke commission – enquiries 07807 807890 anna@annadsouzadesigns.co.uk

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