Emma Watson is a red carpet pro. She grew up in front of the camera and intimately knows the power and influence she wields in the fashion space. That’s why when she decided to use her platform to advocate for eco-friendly fashion, the world took notice. And
Emma Watson’s sustainable fashion on the red carpet is still being discussed today.
Back in 2017, when on a press tour to promote
Beauty and the Beast, Watson started an Instagram account that highlighted all her sustainable outfits. She tagged brands in each photo to raise awareness for designers — established and emerging — who have made it their mission to support the cause.
She wore a gown constructed from discarded fabric by Ronald van der Kemp. She highlighted the importance of shopping vintage, choosing archival pieces from Ralph Lauren and Ossie Clark. And famously, for her appearance at the Met Gala in 2016, Watson chose a bustier and skirt set from Calvin Klein that was made of recycled plastic bottles.
Coming from a Hollywood legend whose elegant and effortless style is copied by millions, her support of the sustainable style movement makes a huge impact. Ahead, find Emma Watson’s best sustainable red carpet looks.
1 2018: Emma Watson At The Vanity Fair Oscars Party John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
One of the most sustainable options to shop is vintage, which is exactly what Watson chose in 2018 when she slipped into a black velvet vintage Ralph Lauren gown with an embellished neckline.
2 2018: Emma Watson At The Golden Globes Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For the 2018 Golden Globes, Watson wore a black silk high-neck sleeveless gown designed by Ronald van der Kemp, which was crafted of discarded fabric. She styled it with a pair of Creatures of Comfort shoes constructed in a small factory outside of Florence, Italy.
3 2017: Emma Watson At The Beauty And The Beast Paris Premiere Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
For the premiere of her film in Paris, Watson worked with Louis Vuitton to design an asymmetrical dress that was crafted of NewLife polyester, which is made of plastic bottles.
4 2017: Emma Watson At The Circle Premiere In Paris Laurent Viteur/WireImage/Getty Images
Watson chose a printed silk gown from Miu Miu that was tailored and hand-embroidered in Italy with fabric woven on a long-established Italian mill and crafted by local suppliers.
5 2017: Emma Watson At The Circle Photocall In Paris Laurent Viteur/WireImage/Getty Images
In yet another sustainable look from Louis Vuitton, this sheer metallic gown was made from Oeko-Tex, which is a new material that has been certified to contain no environmentally harmful ingredients.
6 2017: Emma Watson At The Lincoln Center Beauty And The Beast Event Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For an event in New York City, Watson channeled Belle in a yellow organza gown from Dior. It was crafted from certified organic silk in the Dior ateliers.
7 2017: Emma Watson At The Tribeca Film Festival Taylor Hill/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
At the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, Watson opted for a white off-the-shoulder gown from Burberry that was not only crafted from 100% organic silk, but it was also created in a workshop in Italy where more than 80% of the artisans are women.
8 2017: Emma Watson At The Beauty And The Beast London Premiere Tim Whitby/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For the premiere in her hometown, Watson wore a Cinderella-inspired light blue gown. It was designed by Emilia Wickstead and made of dead stock fabric sourced from couture houses.
9 2016: Emma Watson At The Met Gala Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
For the Met Gala in 2016, Watson made a huge statement about sustainability, wearing a bustier and skirt set from Calvin Klein that was made of recycled plastic bottles.
10 2016: Emma Watson At The Colonia Premiere In Berlin Anita Bugge/WireImage/Getty Images
Colonia premiere in Berlin, Watson chose to champion a small brand, Behno, which is a socially conscious Indian fashion label developed alongside a nonprofit, Muni Seva Ashram. It pays workers two and a half times the average wage in the area and provides them with health and disability insurance. 11 2016: Emma Watson At The MOMA Film Benefit Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Kitx upcycles its materials, like the viscose and silk that Watson’s black high-low dress was made from.
12 2009: Emma Watson At The Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Premiere in London Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images
In 2009, Watson went the vintage route, choosing a printed silk dress from Ossie Clark for the premiere of
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
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