Green fashion design has been going on a lot longer than you might think, though with much trial and error. This day dress made with green silk faille and green chenille, circa 1865 was woven on hand looms, a costly and complex process, but that vibrant color was achieved thanks to arsenic, a health risk to both the maker and wearer.
On Wednesday, The Museum at FIT in New York opens Eco Fashion: Going Green, an exhibit exploring 200 years of fashion's complex relationship with the environment through clothing, textiles, and accessories. On view through November 13, the exhibition follows six major themes, according to the press release: "the re-purposing and recycling of materials, fiber origins, textile dyeing and production, quality of craftsmanship, labor practices, and the treatment of animals."
Image courtesy of the Museum at FIT