At the spring 2009 runway shows, sustainable fabrics — often associated with organic cotton T-shirt and denim lines — popped up in a handful of unexpected collections, from Koi Suwannagate to Carlos Miele. Vintage cashmere and organic cotton were worked into skirts and jackets, tanks and T-shirts — all utterly chic designs sans the utilitarian vibe heretofore associated with eco-friendly fashion.
“I think more and more designers are proving with visionary designs that ‘green’ fashion doesn’t have to sacrifice style,” said Suwannagate, whose spring collection featured her signature sculpted knits, a number of them made of overstock embroidery yarn by Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife artists Josh and He Yang. “In my case, working with recycled cashmere and natural dyes supplements my nature-inspired designs.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"