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As promised, The Artist actress Missi Pyle strutted down the Oscar red carpet in a cruelty-free, mineral-dyed “peace”-silk gown by Valentino Delfino, the winner of Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Fashion” design competition. Pleated by hand under the guidance of award-winning designer Birgit Muller, the dress also features repurposed zippers and a lining derived from recycled polyester. Pyle, who later took to the stage when the silent flick clinched Best Picture, paired the hip-hugging seafoam number with shoes by Christian Louboutin and accessories from Stella McCartney.
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“The Red Carpet Green Dress contest gives aspiring or established designers a chance to make a beautiful and sustainable gown that will be seen on the single most anticipated red carpet,” says Cameron, who launched it during a “non-stop red-carpet bonanza” with her husband, Avatar director James Cameron, in 2009. “When the talented actress Missi Pyle steps onto the red carpet at the Academy Awards this Sunday, everyone will see why sustainable design can also be stunning design. Valentina Delfino has created an Oscar-worthy dress, and I am thrilled Missi has joined us in creating an important fashion moment.”
Pyle is the first actress in an Oscar-nominated film to wear a design from the competition.
Pyle, who was chosen for her lithe, 5-foot-11-inch figure, her interest in sustainability, as well as the buzz surrounding The Artist, is the first actress in an Oscar-nominated film to wear a design from the competition. “All the world is watching this red carpet,” says Pyle.”And as artists, I believe it is our job to show the world that we not only care about creating incredible art, but that we are mindful of the fact that, in doing so, we can make something beautiful that is also sustainable. It is an incredible honor for me to walk the most glamorous red carpet in the world in such a stunning and meaningful dress.”
Point of interest: Samata Angel, the previous winner of the contest, facilitated the initiative as global campaign director.