Emma Watson’s Sustainable Met Gala Garments

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Emma Watson’s Sustainable Met Gala Garments


Last Monday the Met Gala left onlookers bubbling with excitement, as stunning gowns and gorgeous tuxedos on men and women alike paraded the red carpet, often reflecting the Manus x Machina theme for this year’s ball in shimmering silvers and automaton themes.

Emma Watson, a style icon for many in her own right, garnered attention with her choice in robes for more than just their style and beauty. Her corset, pants, and skirt combination, designed by Calvin Klein and Eco Age, are made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

The actor, activist and director made a statement about the dress on her Facebook page, explaining not only its makeup, but also its impact. “The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles,” Watson explains. “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together…Each and every part of this beautiful gown has been produced with sustainability in mind, even the components that you can’t see. The zippers on the gown are made from recycled materials and the inner bustier has been crafted from organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the highest impact crops, using more chemicals than any other crop in the world. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of the most harmful chemicals and is therefore better for the environment and people working with cotton. The organic silk used in the lining of my gown is certified to a standard that guarantees the highest environmental and social standards throughout production.”

No only were the garments produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, but Watson also intends to reuse the garments as many times as possible. “It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use,” the actor went on to explain. “The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look… I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again.”


Emma Watson’s Sustainable Met Gala Garments

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Written by Lillie Peterson

Lillie is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in Classics and a lifelong fascination for fashion and art. A freelance writer and artist, her hobbies include photography, design, drawing and blogging.

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