Olga Kurylenko’s Eco-Friendly Red Carpet Gown

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Olga Kurylenko's Eco-Friendly Red Carpet Gown

Olga Kurylenko wore an eco-friendly gown on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards.

Yesterday we featured the sustainable gown that Penelope Cruz wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party, but she wasn’t the only star to make an eco-friendly choice for this year’s festivities. Bond girl Olga Kurylenko wore a gown on the Oscar’s red carpet that was designed by the winner of this year’s Red Carpet Green Dress contest. Red Carpet Green Dress is an annual event organized by Suzy Amis, wife of Titanic director James Cameron. The goal is to bring awareness to sustainable design and to raise funds for the non-profit MUSE School CA and MUSE Global, which Suzy founded with her sister. Now on its fifth year, Red Carpet Green Dress challenges young designers to submit sketches of red carpet gowns that are made only from sustainable materials. Each year the winning design is worn by a celebrity on the Academy Awards red carpet. Last year’s Red Carpet Green Dress gown was worn by Mandela actress Naomie Harris, and was designed by Michael Badger with the help of Vivienne Westwood. This year’s winner, Alice Elia, hails from Bordeaux, France, and is currently studying at ESMOD in Paris. The gown she designed for Kurylenko was made with GOTS certified organic peace silk and GOTS certified organic silk that were hand-dyed with sappanwood and madder root. Kurylenko paired the gown with limited edition, metallic-trimmed, vegan suede heels that were made from recycled bottle tops in collaboration with Beyond Skin and PETA. This was the first year that Red Carpet Green Dress included menswear, a tuxedo designed by contest winner Jomnarn Dul and worn by Twilight actor Kellan Lutz. The tuxedo jacket was made from certified silk and rPET, the pants were made of hemp, and the waistcoat from a blend of hemp and 100-year-old spitalfield silk. The pieces were dyed with natural substances like logwood and marigold flowers. Unfortunately, the fabric was not sturdy enough to give necessary structure to the garment, causing the overall design to look poorly executed. Even so, Kurtylenko and Lutz made a handsome pair on the red carpet.

Click here to visit the Red Carpet Green Dress website.