The 2018 Met Gala theme was “Heavenly Bodies,” an invitation to A-listers to wear ensembles inspired by art and fashion’s centuries-old relationship with Catholicism. Although the theme may initially sound like fodder for sartorial sacrilege, the event was really a celebration of the way the religion that swept through Europe millennia ago defined art for ages to come. In fact, the Vatican itself was in approval, loaning 50 garments and accessories to the Costume Institute’s exhibit.
Although some of the most-talked-about costumes include Rhianna’s sparkly papal ensemble and Bella Hadid’s 10-pound headpiece, we were most excited about the sustainably crafted gowns worn by the likes of Stella McCartney, Paris Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Gisele Bundchen, and Livia Firth. We could even say that these beauties were “Earthly Bodies” as their attire was created with care for this world, and there’s nothing wrong with a little secularism when you’re saving the planet!
Sustainable 2018 Met Gala Gowns
The Stella McCartney Gang
Stella McCartney attended the Met Gala in a dress of her own making, along with Miley Cyrus and Paris Jackson (both wearing McCartney, too).
McCartney is a prominent voice in the eco-fashion movement, and hers was the first company of luxury goods to join Natural Resource Defense Council NRDC Clean by Design Programme, Clean by Design “focuses on improving process efficiency to reduce waste and emissions and protect the environment.”
McCartney herself has said, “For every piece in every collection, I am always asking what have we done to make this garment more sustainable and what else can we do. It is a constant effort to improve…”
To that end, all Stella McCartney stores, offices and studios in the UK are powered by wind energy. Abroad, 45% of the company’s operations are run on 100% green energy.
More than a model for McCartney, Miley Cyrus used her platform to promote veganism, saying, “I’m here so excited to be a part of this because I think this moment can be about so many different things, and for me I want to bring a message which is veganism and that there doesn’t have to be torture in fabulous fashion,” to which McCartney added, “You can be stylish, and sustainable all at the same time.” In the name of Pope RiRi, Amen.
The golden beauty wore an eco-friendly Versace dress. The dress was made with ecologically dyed, 100% organic silk and cotton certified as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). Everything was made in Versace’s atelier in Milan.
Founder of Green Carpet Challenge and fashionista behind #30Wears, Livia firth wore ethically sourced silk. Designer Giambattista Valli sourced the silk from Taroni Silk, founded in 1880 in Como. Taroni silk has been praised for its commitment to sustainability and responsible production and was recognized at The Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia 2017, winning the Sustainable Producer award.
Livia Firth also wore Chopard jewelry, which is committed to 100% ethical gold. Her shoes were worn first in 2011, and she’s sported them several times since (more than 30 wears!). Her clutch was from ethical brand Kayu Design.
Hubby Colin Firth rewore an old Tom Ford tux with a Chopard watch.
Which Met Gala 2018 dress was your favorite?
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Photo: Stella McCartney via Instagram, Maison de Mode via Instagram, Livia Firth via Instagram, Miley Cyrus via Instagram, Gisele Bundchen via Instagram