Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mrs. Darcy

Um yes, I'm  quite jealous (sorry Mr. Hartmann). But it's impossible not to find Livia Firth completely lovely...and impressive. She's a film producer, owns an eco shop in Chiswick, UK, and recently--along with Mr. Firth--launched a web platform for humanitarian films, BRIGHTWIDE.COM

Just prior to the 2010 Golden Globes, Livia approached her friend, journalist Lucy Siegle, and proposed that they team up on a "Green Carpet Challenge" in which they would dress Livia sustainably for all of her awards show appearances, encompassing labor rights, repurposing, up-cycling, low waste, low carbon, low impact, sustainable fibers, alternative fibers and some organic fibers. Livia blogged about the challenge on UK  throughout awards season, culminating in the Oscars and then did it all over again this year. 


Her 2011 Oscar dress was made by Gary Harvey, who created it from repurposing pieces from 11 different dresses sourced from Cancer Research shops and vintage stores. Every piece used in the design was from the era of The Kings Speech, and every element from zips to corsetry, was recycled. 

 All photos from UK

Pretty certainly is as pretty does, wouldn't you agree?


  1. Adore this post! I must admit I knew nothing of Mrs. Firth/Darcy...loved learning about this lovely lady...all jealousy aside that it is!:)

  2. I had absolutely no idea of this initiative!! How wonderful. Already admired her but now think she is on the fabulous list!! No wonder the divine Mr. Firth adores her!!

  3. Well, I am not surprised that Mr. Firth married well. How nice to meet the Mrs., I hadn't heard anything of this either - thanks for educating us. The dress is just wonderful, what a great story to hear it is made of period pieces... Good luck with your party this wknd. I agree, chores become a pleasure when you are working with beautiful things you love.




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