From Green Right Now Reports
Meryl lit up the night in her gold couture gown by Lanvin as she accepted her third Oscar for The Iron Lady at the 84th Oscars last night.
The queen of Hollywood appeared far from iron-like is a glowing gold gown that also happened to be green. The dress, which flowed and draped in several impossible directions, was created with sustainable fabric.
Streep’s custom creation came together with the help of Colin Firth’s wife, Livia, who started the Green Carpet Challenge to nudge Hollywood to don sustainable clothes for the endless events they attend. Livia, no slouch in a gown, has worn several sustainable creations to film festivities. She appeared in a blazing red, classic Valentino dress made from polyester spun from recycled plastic bottles. (Read Livia’s blog about how she worked with the Valentino people to achieve their goal of a sustainable, but elegant gown.)
Several other presenters and celebrities wore green attire, including Kenneth Brannaugh (up for best supporting actor on My Week With Marilyn) and Demián Bichir (nominated for best actor in A Better Life) A Better Life). Both wore suits made of sustainable wool (which we’ll let you know more about when we find out).
Suzy Amis Cameron, wife to James Cameron, the director of the blockbuster Avatar, also pushes the stars to consider the planet at event time. Her Red Carpet Green Dress initiative invites designers from around the world to enter Red Carpet-worthy sustainable dresses in a competition. The winner gets to see their gown worn at the Oscars.
This year’s winner, Valentina Delfino of Miami, was rewarded with seeing actress Missi Pyle of The Artist, wear her creation, a cruelty-free silk chiffon gown tinted with a natural mineral dye to the ceremony.
Cruelty–Free Silk is the non-violent silk created through the process that permits the full life cycle of the silkworm pupae. The silkworm is able to emerge naturally and only then the cocoons are unwound, whereas traditional silk gathering kills the worm inside, according to Red Carpet Green Dress.
Suzy Amis Cameron started Red Carpet Green Dress in 2009 after attending a round of award ceremonies at which the environmental-minded Avatar was honored, ultimately with best picture at that year’s Oscars.