Why slow fashion is just as important as making an ethical wedding dress.

Updated: Mar 30

It is great news to see lots of textiles brands turning their ideas and creations into ethical products. There are lots of recycled polyesters, organic ranges, more linens, hemps, bamboos, peace silks and natural dyes being used, which is better for the environment, however we must remember that slow fashion is just as important.

Slow fashion creates a cleaner practice and we all know the saying less is more. So why do I see lots and lots of bigger brands not taking on slow fashion, as we have heard many times that it is bad for our environment. It only leads to one thing money. So how are we going to change if it effects the profit of the business?

The Times: "Britons binned clothes worth £12.5 billion last year as the rise of “throwaway” fashion led to 300,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill." and according to Warp, the waste charity "It is also estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year."

It is hard to buy something that has a higher price tag, even in the bridal business, especially as you only wear the dress once. However, there are ways to re-use.

Jessica Turner makes Bride bunnies from recycled wedding fabric.

Or dip dye your wedding dress after the big day or either change the top, for example add in a gold velvet top or adjust the length of the dress to make it short. There are so many ways to up-cycle a wedding dress and that is where a bespoke designer comes in handy. You need to have a chat with the designer before you purchase your wedding dress about how it could be recycled and the cost. Some designers might offer a service for up-cycling if you previously purchased from them.

Lyra Wedding Dress Jessica Turner Designs. How about changing the top to a velvet mustard for a party? Or change the skirt to be shorter for a boho party cocktail look?