Thursday, 09 May 2019 15:12 GMT

Quinn dress wows at Met Gala

The Met Gala is one of the largest red carpet fundraising events and attracts the biggest names in fashion and the wider celebrity world.

In line with this year’s theme ‘Camp’ the carpet was adorned with floral prints, feathers and glitz.

Producer and co-founder of sustainable brand Eco Age, Livia Firth, used her presence on the red carpet to champion sustainability issues.

In 2010, Firth founded the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), an initiative which aims to raise awareness of the possibility of combining glamour and eco-manufacturing of clothing.

Firth tells Mochni: “I wanted to use the fact that I was going to be walking those red carpets next to Colin to campaign about environmental and social justice issues through my gown.”

Since then, the ‘challenge’ has gained popularity and has been used by celebrities to bring sustainability to high-profile fashion events.

The 2019 Met Gala Ball was no different and Firth wore a bespoke dress created by Peckham-based designer Richard Quinn.

The Epson printing process enables printing onto recycled PET polyester and reduces water and ink use compared with traditional print processes

Not only was the material used for the dress organic and sustainably sourced, the pattern was printed onto GRS certified Newlife TM recycled polyester.

Quinn created the gown using Epson digital printing facilities in his studio. By only printing onto the exact amount of material needed, Quinn was able to eliminate waste.

The Epson printing process also enables printing onto recycled PET polyester and reduces water and ink use compared with traditional print processes.

Over the years, Quinn’s profile has grown, and he has used money from various design awards to fund investments in new printing equipment for his studio.

In 2017, Quinn signed a deal with Epson and in exchange for its support, prints floral Richard Quinn shirts for the team to wear at trade shows.

Quinn attended the 2019 Met Gala in New York City with model Lily Aldridge, who also wore his work.

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