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Conscious Elegance eco chic wedding dress design ideas!  Side view of Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress Tabitha in unbleached hempsilk

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.

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MOAR STUFF:

 

Conscious Elegance Boston-based custom wedding designs texture detail idea

Love this!! Love it love it love it!

 

Conscious Elegance Boston-based custom wedding designs Coat to me for MEwm

Found this on Pinterest but couldn’t repin (no longer available on Etsy). Gotta make it! Would show off my dress designs SO WELL.

 

Conscious Elegance Boston-based custom wedding designs St Pucchi Sposa front view

Ooooooooo!!

::fans self::

It’s been a while. Time to add more fuel to the fire…

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Bodice hasitall front unsure designer

This bodice would be too much fun to make.

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Appliques on satin (designer unknown)

Reclaimed appliques would totally work here!

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Ballgown Dior OMG

Of course the gown would come with attendants.

 

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Cymbaline

Loving this; wouldn’t it be a great design for zero-waste?

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Saint Isabel floaty dress

Wouldn’t this be a great design for reclaimed raw silk?

 

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Ian Stuart

Ruching is our friend…it loves and forgives all.

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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:

Conscious Elegance organic wedding dress Bronwyn

Here’s a view of Kimberly that really shows the wow factor!

Conscious Elegance organic wedding dress Kimberly design side view

Here’s Evelyn in some views that show off her reclaimed lace:

Front:

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress Evelyn ivory front view in our studio

and back in black:

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress Evelyn design in black reclaimed lace and grey hempsilk (back view)

 

Here’s one of our ‘Bronwyn’ that some folks might not have seen yet:

Conscious Elegance organic wedding dress Bronwyn

and our royal purple ‘Talia’ that’s been on the catwalk in multiple fashion shows…

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress Talia

and how about a side view of our ‘Laura’ (seriously one of my favorite designs evar):

Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress design Laura

and a side view of our ‘Ana’…

Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress design '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’:

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress Charlotte design in chocolate hempsilk

Here’s a great view of the back:

Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress Charlotte design in chocolate hempsilk

and a detail of that empire-waist bodice:

Conscious Elegance hempsilk wedding dress Charlotte design bodice detail

 

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:

Back view detail of Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress Tabitha in unbleached hempsilk

Here’s one of Melissa that I love, because the breeze got her skirts at juuuust the right moment:

Conscious Elegance eco wedding dress Melissa in reclaimed silk satin and blue hempsilk (back view)

 

Here’s a shot of ‘Caroline’ from our studio, all glowy in reclaimed raw silk. Soooo classic:

 

Conscious Elegance sustainable eco wedding dress Caroline in reclaimed raw silk (front view)

And here’s an alternative ‘Laura’ design in deep blue hemp/silk/organic cotton blend, with organic cotton flower scrap accents:

Conscious Elegance sustainable wedding dress Laura design in deep blue hemp silk organic cotton with organic cotton flower accents

I’m totally pinning these. It’s been a while…

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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:

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna back view

Unclutter’d lines make such graceful wedding dresses…

 

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna-and-Amber-front views

Johanna and Amber (a past party dress design) in one of our home studios (front views)

 

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna-and-Amber (back views)

We liked the untied ends of the sash – kinda more dramatic than a bow

 

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna waterfall

For those of us who like a bit of contrast…we call this design ‘Johanna Waterfall’

annd if you like your skirts bustled:

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna-back-bustled-wrap

We love the bustling; it really adds depth to Johanna’s skirt.

Conscious-Elegance-eco-wedding-dress-hempsilk-Johanna bluebowside

Something blue…in a fabulous trained bow.

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:

Conscious Elegance 'Caroline' design front view

You ever wonder what models wear underneath their skirts?

You ever wonder what models wear under their skirts? Miz Melanie is so bad-ass she rocks hiking boots.

Conscious Elegance 'Caroline' design preview pic

Chilly breezes…maybe it’s not spring just yet.

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:

Conscious Elegance 'Elise' sustainable wedding dress design (front view)

Dancing to my inner groove…

Isn’t that a fun dress? It’s so comfy too…

Conscious Elegance 'Elise' sustainable wedding dress design (front view plus chickens_

The chickens were totally mugging for the camera.

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?

MISCHIEF MANAGED!

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…

Conscious Elegance Sustainable BoHo Wedding Dress Elise design

Front View of Emily in the new ‘Elise’ design, with lots of grins

Conscious Elegance Sustainable BoHo Wedding Dress Elise design (side view)

Side view of ‘Elise’…

Conscious Elegance Sustainable BoHo Wedding Dress Elise design (back view)

Back view of the future ‘Elise’ design

Conscious Elegance Sustainable BoHo Wedding Dress Elise design (alternate front view)

Here’s another front view of ‘Elise’, with less hair in the way

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:

Conscious Elegance sustainable red dress for Melanie (back view)

Work it, grrl.

Melanie turns any hallway into a runway.

Conscious Elegance sustainable red dress for Melanie (back bodice view)

Miz Melanie has better arms than the guys in her band. FIERCE FIERCE FIERCE. 

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:

Conscious Elegance sustainable red dress (front view)

We had too much fun with this.

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.

Conscious Elegance sustainable red dress on Melanie belting it out in concert

Belting it out with the Valley Rats band.

(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.

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Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Moda Bella mermaid back

Love this train; we adapted it for the ‘Lana’ design

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea hi-low idea rosette Unknown designer

Great contrast here…could be a convertible 2-in-1 dress?

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Priscilla of Boston Trumpet bowsie back

This became the inspiration for the ‘Lana’ design

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Liz Darcy scalloped neckline frnt

Love the shape of this

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Ballgown sectioned Amsale frnt view

This would be gorgeous in contrasting hempsilk and maybe reclaimed silk satin

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Ballgown sectioned Amsale back bow

Oh the bow the becomes a train! ::swoon::

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Rivini simple trumpet frnt

Such a perfect silhouette…

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea ballgown StPucchi poof sidbck

::squees all over myself::

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Ruffled satin princess tank unknown designer (??)

Love the asymmetry – it totally works and I love the tank bodice. Great support.

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Emerald Trumpet simple TRAIN

MUST MAKE A TRAIN LIKE THIS

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Flutter seams bck Ulla Maija

OH OH OH

Conscious Elegance eco-wedding dress idea Trumpet ruched bow Unknown Designer frnt and back

Extra swoonworthy…looks like an Ian Stuart but not sure.

Green wedding knot

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.

Conscious Elegance Unique Eco Wedding Dresses

Email: lori@consciouselegance.com :: :: :: Studio (call for appt): 781 572 3039 :: :: :: Text 857 259 8476:: Stoneham, Massachusetts 02180

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