‘Going Green’: Beautiful, But Expensive!

As interest and concern for the environment continues, it’s not surprising to see designers looking to create their clothing from a wider range of textiles. The results are beautiful, but still expensive!


Giambattista Valli’s white ruffled dress is made of a biopolymer- a material made from corn and used as an alternative for polyester, but the price tag is $10,000!


Nothing beats the feel of cotton, especially if it’s not dyed and no toxic chemicals are used in the processing. Marni has designed this cute smock dress, but it’s $910!


Recycling clothing or thrifting is also very popular. Libertine has made it an art form and you can see why! A vintage taffeta dress with lace overlay is adorable, but the price of $2,500 is not!


Abaca, a fabric made from banana leaf stalks, is the material of choice for this dress by Doo.ri, but again, the price is high- $1,395!

(Photos- New York Times, April, 2008)

4 thoughts on “‘Going Green’: Beautiful, But Expensive!

  1. You are looking at one-of-a kind designer clothes with a lot of intricate details. This kind of work always costs a lot of money to make. Plus, take into consideration how little of this eco-friendly fabric is even made, as well as how high the costs of production are to create it in a sustainable way. If you do the math, the price for what goes into the dresses is reasonable.

    1. Nicole- Quite right. But it still makes it unaffordable to the masses…like me. :) I do hope designers continue experimenting with ‘green’ products though. ..and maybe come across something that achieves the texture they want without the cost.

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