Just in time for the fast approaching wedding season, brides-to-be may finally be able to add a touch of green to their white gowns--with a new dress that dissolves in water. Created by a group of British fashion students, this special type of wedding dress finally offers an eco-friendly alternative to this classic garment, which in many cases only gets worn once. Let's just hope it doesn't rain!According to The Telegraph, the secret to the wedding dress' dissolvability is in a biodegradable substance, polyvinyl alcohol, that is knitted into the fabric. After the big day, the dress can be put in water to be broken down, presumably so the material can be used again, all without causing damage to the environment.
For the students from Sheffield Hallam University in Britain who designed the dresses, there's no reason sustainable fashion should stop at the alter. Jane Blohm, a fashion lecturer, tells The Telegraph:
The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society's attitudes towards throwaway fashion. The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing.
Currently, five dissolvable wedding dress designs have been created to be displayed at a university exhibition on sustainable marriage later this month, though the students are hoping their idea catches on. "In order to reduce fashion's impact on the environment, the fashion industry must begin to challenge conventional attitudes and practices," says Blohm.