Conscious Elegance eco chic wedding dress design ideas!
Design ideas displayed in true sustainable style: paper-free!
We’re dedicating this page to new ideas – we used to look in glossy paper magazines for inspiration, but now we find ideas everywhere (mostly online) and we’d love to share them.
We want to hear from our fellow dress lovers. Which features would you like to see in an upcoming sustainable wedding dress? What designs have you found that you love, if we could re-interpret them for an eco chic wedding? We could create a new custom-made dress! And we’d totally name it after you if the design was your idea.
How to use this page:
Find a pic you like. Ooh and aah.
Or follow us on Pinterest and find the dress pics that speak to you. Maybe leave a comment there to tell us what you think or suggest a design improvement. Or re-pin the image to keep it in mind for later. We’ll be adding more designs to the board as we find them, but we’ll put the pictures here first, as a preview. And we’re making the pics nice and big, the better to see details.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless we’ve otherwise specified, these pics are for ideas only; we won’t make direct copies of someone else’s work (what kind of Creativity is that?). We believe in artistic integrity and have given credit for the original designers whenever possible, right there on the photo. If you see a pic that you know more details about than we’ve included, please let us know and we’ll add them right away, with thanks.
We’ll be adding new pics to the top as we go; it saves all that scrolling to see the new stuff.
It’s been a while. Time to add more fuel to the fire…
MOAR PICCIES! New ones to you (possibly), favs for us:
Here’s another view of ‘Bronwyn’, looking like a certain princess bride we all know and love:
Here’s a view of Kimberly that really shows the wow factor!
Here’s Evelyn in some views that show off her reclaimed lace:
and back in black:
Here’s one of our ‘Bronwyn’ that some folks might not have seen yet:
and our royal purple ‘Talia’ that’s been on the catwalk in multiple fashion shows…
and how about a side view of our ‘Laura’ (seriously one of my favorite designs evar):
and a side view of our ‘Ana’…
Gotta go find more photos…
We’ve had some requests for more views of the ‘Charlotte’ design. All righty then…
You can’t *not* use the word ‘statuesque’:
Here’s a great view of the back:
and a detail of that empire-waist bodice:
We’ve found some photos of stuff we’ve done that either never made it to the website (shame, that) or had to be culled due to bringing in new stuff. But we can totally put them here…
Here’s a lovely mood-shot of our Tabitha design, from an eco-wedding styled photoshoot:
Here’s one of Melissa that I love, because the breeze got her skirts at juuuust the right moment:
Here’s a shot of ‘Caroline’ from our studio, all glowy in reclaimed raw silk. Soooo classic:
And here’s an alternative ‘Laura’ design in deep blue hemp/silk/organic cotton blend, with organic cotton flower scrap accents:
I’m totally pinning these. It’s been a while…
Heerrre’s more of Johanna:
We love the clean, classic lines of Johanna so much that we created lots of variations. They all look awesome so we’re putting lots of them here:
annd if you like your skirts bustled:
Spring, 2014: WE’VE MOVED
We’re in Woburn, Massachusetts now – ::cheers and applause:: We’re still arranging the new studio – there will be a blogpost at some point. But before we left, we took advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and had a photoshoot! The professional piccies will come later, but here’s some not-so-professional pics that were too much fun not to share:
You ever wonder what models wear under their skirts? Miz Melanie is so bad-ass she rocks hiking boots.
Here’s a good view of the front of ‘Caroline’, made from reclaimed raw silk. The ‘Caroline’ design is exactly what can happen when we get hold of one of those 1980’s dresses with the big sleeves and butt-bow.
And here we have Yours Truly, in a fun variation on the ‘Elise’ design we showed before:
Isn’t that a fun dress? It’s so comfy too…
The photo shoot happened on my friend’s organic farm and the chickens were total hams. But don’t I look like the Spring Goddess of the Hearth or something?
We’ve been working on some new wedding designs this season, custom-made to our clients’ requests. We’re going to put them here, since they’ve effectively become Ideas Made Manifest.
Here we have…EMILY!! Emily wanted an Earth-Goddess dress for her BoHo wedding. We created it out of unbleached organic cotton and reclaimed bamboo, with textured flowers to add some flair. Isn’t Emily *gorgeous*? Look for the design, renamed, ‘Elise’, coming up in 2014…
Stay tuned for more dresses in the coming season!
A BREAK FROM OUR REGULAR IDEA LIST: OUR TRAVELING RED DRESS PROJECT HOMAGE
You guys might have read about The Bloggess’ Traveling Red Dress Project. If you haven’t, go do it. You need to. We’ll wait.
::plays soothing music::
After reading all about it, and looking at facebook page, I decided that I had to create a red dress in support of all this. I would make it completely out of reclaimed materials (and thus sustainable) and it would be a FIERCE FROCK. And who better to wear such a dress than our amazing model Melanie, who 1) really looks like that 2) is a mom of 3 kids and 3) fronts a blues band, called ‘Miz Melanie and the Valley Rats’. She *defines* fierce.
So here’s piccies for ya’ll:
Melanie turns any hallway into a runway.
The dress was for a gig that her band was playing for a swing-dance. So of course it had to be a swing-dancy dress. Polka-dots weren’t optional IMO. Here’s a view of the dress front:
And her Blues Band? People can’t believe that such a voice can come from a skinny white woman. That’s a direct quote from audience members.
(the pic is blurry because she’s always in motion). She is totally someone who puts it out there. Truly Inspiring.
WE NOW RETURN TO OUR DRESS IDEAS PAGE – MORE IDEAS TO COME SOON.
Our Ethical Pledge
The silk we use in our designs is either new hempsilk or reclaimed silk fabrics, repurposed from unwanted dresses which would have eventually ended up in a landfill. We believe that by giving pre-loved dresses a new life and extending their usefulness, we not only honor the initial sacrifice of the silkworms but we honor the laborers who wove the original fabric. We do this by reclaiming and re-using a resource that would otherwise be wasted.