Livia Firth, the 41 year old wife of Colin Firth, who won the Best Actor category at the 83rd Academy Awards last night, wore the best dress on the Red Carpet.
Livia Firth, the owner of Eco Age, asked Gary Harvey, a very well known in the sustainable style with bringing eco-consciousness to couture, is a former creative director of Levi Strauss where he only began designing when he needed a dramatic piece for a jeans shoot and ended up using 42 pairs of Levi 501s to create a dress. Then he became the king of reuse. He is now known for creating extraordinary silhouettes out of everyday garments – previous pieces have been made from 18 Burberry macs, 28 army jackets, and 30 copies of the Financial Times.
Here is more of his designs.
Gary’s design for Livia’s dress is made from 11 different dresses. He scoured Southeast London for the right pieces, from Cancer Research shops to vintage boutiques, such as 360 DEGREES-VINTAGE. All the pieces used were from the era of The King’s Speech. Gary is all about authenticity so wanted to be sure to get the right fabrics, zippers, corsetry and the original toiles from the era so all were recycled parts. The only thing that was new is the thread that actually stitches the dress together.
What’s more stunning about this beautiful lady is that she wore “world’s first fair-trade-, fair-mined-, and ecologically certified gold (from Oro Verde in Colombia) by annaloucah, the sparklers also include fair-trade aquamarine gemstones from Zambia and diamonds from a women’s-owned cooperative mine in Lesotho.” - ecouterre
Who said upcycling was shabby?