GOING GREEN AT OSCARS: Amid the couture creations on display at next month’s Academy Awards, British actress Naomie Harris will wear this year’s Red Carpet Green Dress. The initiative, founded by actress and environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron (wife of James Cameron), this year chose a design by 20-year-old Ghana-born designer Michael Badger. “Michael’s entry was entirely inspired by nature, which should inspire us all to care a little more than we do,” said Amis Cameron.
Serving as Badger’s mentor is Vivienne Westwood, a member of this year’s judging committee. “I think Red Carpet Green Dress is a great idea and I also wanted to tap into Suzy’s research about ethical fabrics for my own work,” said Westwood, who will help Badger realize his vision with her team of dressmakers. (The dress will be hand-embroidered at Hampton Court Palace by the Royal School of Needlework.)
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As for whether Westwood will make it to Hollywood next month, she said: “We’re very interested in the Oscars because we want women to look their most glamorous, but I can’t come because I will be working on my collections and, more importantly, on bringing about the Climate Revolution by 2020,” referring to her own environmental manifesto.
This year’s Red Carpet Green Dress partner is Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which helps sustain eco-friendly business practices. Samata Angel, RCGD’s global campaign director, said Harris was selected not just for her looks and talent but also because she shares similar values, adding: “Our project is about considered creations — beautiful fashion that does not cost the earth.”