MET Gala | Sustainable Fashion on the Red Carpet



Dated a month back in the Met Gala, we’ve seen the meaty and trendy statements made by a number of celebrities on the red carpet – clearly, sustainability in fashion made a juicy gossip.




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With the theme this year being America: A Lexicon Of Fashion, designers from the US have taken it seriously more than ever. We have Lorde in Bode – Emily Bode was famed for her innovative slow fashion approach, and later in Collina Strada – brilliantly making use of deadsticks and sustainably-sourced materials in NYC, and also Maria Sharapova in Gabriela Hearst, who pledged to have her Pre-Fall collection 100% made of sustainable textiles.


Dressing four figures for the night, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen has been, undoubtedly, extra busy with her innovative, low-impact materials. Grimes in a futuristic, gradient dress, Tessa Thompson in a complex-lined dark red mini, Gabrielle Union in a mermaid-like beaded gown, and last but not least, Winnie Harlow in a fluid, printed bodysuit with cape – her namesake label might be the cult favourite on the red carpet this year. 



And of course, we can't miss out on the big-name – Stella McCartney. Julia Garner’s see-through silver-shimmering look, Ella Emhoff’s Adidas x Stella McCartney eye-popping red bodysuit with recycled ocean plastic-made trainers, and gymnast Nia Dennis’s leotard with Earthlight sneakers – the palette of the American flag formed in the three outfits. 



Looking at Met Gala in the past decade, Cameron Diaz Shines made the strongest impression of eco-friendly fashion, with Stella McCartney’s golden organic silk gown with recycled glass beading, in the 2012 Met Gala. Sustainability was not a common trend known widely, at least on the red carpet. 



Then we have Emma Watson, who appeared in a “trash dress” in 2016, taking the world by storm. Made of recycled plastic bottles, recycled metal zipper and organic cotton bustier by Calvin Klein, the act was a strong summon to sustainable fashion on the red carpet.


Closer to today, Gisele Bundchen left a mark in history, collaborating with the luxury Maison Versace. Introducing sustainable luxury in her 2018 Met gown, the dress was made with ​​organic silk, cotton, and crystals from recycled glass bottles in Brazil. 


As innovative textile producers and creative designers strive to make sustainable pieces accessible, celebrities are urged and therefore, increasingly play their part in the trend. Met Gala was an annual spotlight event to declare celebrities' statements, but not many can say that they are contributing to the cause on a regular basis after the gossip is over. We, of course, are staying tuned for the next spotlight.


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Yoyo Ho
Luxiders Magazine