Emma Watson’s Trashy Dress

Being in the credential used clothing industry, we are in the business of promoting and supporting the longevity of clothing. We love nothing more than discovering others who feel the same as we do–that clothing is not meant to be disposable; that it has value and should be cared for; and that fashionable and sustainable are not mutually exclusive.

Emma Watson recently collaborated with Eco Age and Calvin Klein on the gown she wore to the 2016 Met Gala. The gown was made from recycled plastic. Even better than that, she plans to wear the gown’s different pieces 30 times, thereby further promoting the idea of sustainability and the longevity of clothing.

Emma Watson's Trashy Dress, a blog post by EcoGoodz, a credential used clothing supplier
Emma Watson’s Met Gala dress was literally made of trash.

In her own words:

Thank you Calvin Klein & Eco Age for collaborating with me and creating the most amazing gown. I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it.

The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the ‪#‎MetGala‬ proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.

Each and every part of this beautiful gown has been produced with sustainability in mind, even the components that you can’t see. The zippers on the gown are made from recycled materials and the inner bustier has been crafted from organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the highest impact crops, using more chemicals than any other crop in the world. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of the most harmful chemicals and is therefore better for the environment and people working with cotton. The organic silk used in the lining of my gown is certified to a standard that guarantees the highest environmental and social standards throughout production. It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use. The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look… I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again.

We look forward to seeing her reuse, re-purpose, and wear this outfit again and again! From everyone in the credential used clothing industry, thank you Emma, for taking such a positive stance.