Vegan and Eco wedding dresses
It entirely depends on your idea of what ‘eco‘ is, as there are so many conversations. But in short, there’s an option for everybody without too much compromise in design!
Of course there are man-made fabrics that we are all familiar with, which I almost hesitate to mention (but there are some lovely ones available, trust me) - Polyester in particular.
My supplier James Hare has a range of polyester fabrics which are brilliant - the qualities of their duchess Satin and Crepe Satin are almost undetectable compared to their silk counterparts.
I tend to steer away from synthetic chiffon and organza as they can be a little bit shiny and plasticy.
There are also a number of UK grown silks, which is know as peace silk. Silk worms are natural producers of silk fibres, but rather than extracting the fibres, as is the usual practice, peach silk gathers naturally produced fibres and is spun into silks threads to be woven into fabric. The quality of these silks is usually a little bit lighter, and a little more sheer, and maybe a little bit rougher - but not too much. Colour choices are more limited, but they can be dyed if you’re after a specific colour.
I’ve recently got into eco-dying - using only plant materials to dye fabrics. The results are beautiful, but also unpredictable, and will fade over long periods of time - I've got more experiments to do!!
Feathers are becoming a popular material, especially for jacket and wraps (as are vintage furs- there is the option to use a man-made faux fur of course!) There's not really a replica feather option though - so this is where you have to get creative. I've used shredded fabrics, chiffon in particular to create a fluffy/floaty kind of texture.