"Helene" Wedding Dress by Leanne Marshall. Credit: Leanne Marshall
Designer Leanne Marshall, of Project Runway fame, has been using sustainable fabrics long before Tim Gunn ever had the chance to tell her: "Make it work." Since debuting her designs at Bryant Park in September, 2008--and winning season 5 on the hit Lifetime show--Leanne continues to design in her signature style: architectural shapes, achieved with draping and detail, and using only sustainable textiles. Her creations are elegant and feminine, which is why we weren't too surprised to find that she is designing wedding dresses. Click through for her fresh wedding dress designs for summer, and a preview of her spring/summer 2010 clothing collection:
"Helene" wedding gown, on mannequin. Credit: Leanne Marshall
According to Leanne's shop on Etsy, "The skirt and details on the top are made of a beautiful ivory hemp silk blend, and the structured foundation is made of an organic cotton and hemp with silk blend. It is even interfaced in organic cotton canvas."
"Betty White" wedding dress. Credit: Leanne Marshall
This detailed, ivory skirt is made with salvaged scrap material, mainly organic cotton, that would have been otherwise discarded because of their small size. Leanne has hand cut the small fabric scraps into petals, and added silk blends and tulle to create depth and texture.
"Bea Arthur"; wedding gown. Credit: Leanne Marshall
"Bea Arthur"; dress detail. Credit: Leanne Marshall
Leanne's attention to detail is most noticeable here, she has continued the use of excess fabric scraps for petals and incorporated rhinestones and pearl broahes. She used satin-faced silk organza on the skirt and neckline, and a hand-dyed hemp/silk blend for the bodice, foundation, and underskirt.
Leanne Marshall Spring/Summer 2010 Collection: Flattering, Structural Shapes in a Delicate Color Scheme
According to her publicist, "Leanne Marshall's spring '10 line is 100% eco-friendly. The collection was inspired by typography, specifically the font 'Basic Math.' Leanne recreated the letters of the font using sustainable fabrics--organic cotton and hemp silk--then sculpted and manipulated them into multidimensional, yet wearable pieces."
Image courtesy of Leanne Marshall
View the entire look book, here: Leanne Marshall spring/summer 2010. Our friends over at Ecouterre also posted photos from the collection: "Project Runway" Alum Leanne Marshall Unveils Eco-Chic Spring Line
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