Photos by Jason Olive
Livia Giuggioli Firth may be better known among our circles as the owner of London boutique Eco Age, but at the 83rd Academy Awards tonight, she’s simply Best Actor
nominee winner Colin Firth’s missus. For the conclusion of her Green Carpet Challenge, sponsored by Divine Chocolate, Firth sashayed down the red carpet in a breathtaking gown by British designer Gary Harvey. Harvey upcycled the corseted confection from 11 vintage dresses, each of which hails from the era that The King’s Speech—her husband’s Oscar- nominatedwinning film—is based.
“Every element—including zips, corsetry and the original toiles—is recycled,” Firth says on her blog. “The only thing that we’ve used that is new is the thread that actually stitches the dress together.”
Firth is also wearing the world’s first fair-mined, fair-trade-, and ecologically certified gold jewelry.
Firth’s jewelry comes courtesy of Annaloucah. Featuring the world’s first fair-trade-, fair-mined-, and ecologically certified gold (from Oro Verde in Colombia), the sparklers also include fair-trade aquamarine gemstones from Zambia and diamonds from a women’s-owned cooperative mine in Lesotho.
Lucy Siegle, a journalist from The Guardian, served as Firth’s unofficial “maid of honor.” “It’s quite a feat of engineering,” she says of the dress. “The last five minutes is best described as pandemonium. Then we all stood back and took it in.”