Ethical Wedding Dresses For Modern Brides
Image: Stella McCartney
Looking for an easy but stylish way to make your wedding day a more conscious one? Making your wedding dress purchase a considered one is an easy but impactful thing to do. Here are the best ethical wedding dresses for modern Brides.
Wedding dresses are a big purchase in any Bride’s life, not to mention the most special. Given how the gowns are made and how much they cost, you might be forgiven for thinking that all wedding dresses are sustainably made? Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. However, we have found an inspiring range of designers that are ready to swoop to the rescue. And don’t worry, they are thoroughly modern wedding dresses for modern brides.
Following on from the beautiful reception gown that she made for Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry, Stella McCartney now offers a bridal collection. Launched in November 2018, the 17 piece collection offers stunning options for the modern bride. All of the pieces are created in Italy using Couture techniques. And being Stella, fabrics such as sustainable viscose are used to create eco friendly styles. Bridal fittings are available by appointment only at the London Flagship Store.
Sanyukta’s dresses are all created from carefully sourced natural fibres, all of which are hand spun and loomed. For this she works exclusively with craftspeople in Nepal. Her proudest collaboration is with Tulsi Meher Mahila Ashram which houses homeless and destitute women. 50% of her producers are from remote and mountainous regions in Nepal. By choosing to support small communities, Sanyukta’s bridal collections have so much more meaning. Visit the London Boutique or contact her team for a bespoke appointment.
When planning her own wedding a few years ago, Creative Director Amy Powney felt restricted in her bridal wear options. So she decided to offer Mother of Pearl’s distinctive personality to Brides in the form of Pearly Whites. Created in the London studio, each piece is lovingly crafted from 100% organic silk satin. Modern sleeve details make these pieces totally unique, there is even a luxurious Bridal Pyjama set available too!
Indie Bride is revolutionising the ethical manufacturing of wedding dresses. Instead of designing to trends, they listen to their customers. Pieces are made to order from organic, vintage and local fabrics. They also utilise local skills and waste free pattern cutting to keep their waste low. Choose from a large range of styles on the website, with alterations and a bespoke service on offer too to make your choice truly unique.
Inspired by vintage silhouettes, Adornment Studios offers a beautiful range of made to order wedding dresses. Each piece is made by talented tailors in Sweden. Their unique couture service means that the client is involved in every step of the process. Many of the dresses are made from deadstock fabric so you can be sure that your dress will not produce unnecessary waste.
If you though ethical wedding dresses had to be eye wateringly expensive, think again. Reformation has lent their signature Cali cool to the Bridal Salon, a collection of wedding and bridesmaid dresses. With many styles made from deadstock fabric, they are uber affordable and very stylish. They offer everything from elegant lace gowns to slip dresses and boho separates. So there are great options for most tastes.
Although not technically a wedding brand, Laura Ironside Studio designs the most beautiful silk occasionwear. She specialises in slow fashion, so everything is made to order. Her bespoke service means that she can recreate any of her styles to work for your big day. She also offers a leasing service for those that don’t want to buy a dress. We love the elegance of the Knight bias cut dress as an alternative to a white wedding.
Arguably the OG of sustainable bridal wear, Leila began her eponymous label in 1997. Not only are her dresses stunning, they regularly grace the bodies of the beautiful and famous, but she is well known for her ethical practices. Leila Hafzi is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and works hard to empower women and girls in developing countries.
Alice Temperley has long been applauded for offering Boho Brides a little luxury. Recently she uncovered 30 damaged and forgotten wedding dress samples in her warehouse and was inspired to give them a new life. Each dress has been reviatalised by Alice herself using only natural dyes. Therefore making each dress totally unique. Due to the limited nature of the collection, only one will be available to buy at a time from her store and once they are gone, they are gone.
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