Eco-conscious brides drive new trend

An interest in sustainable bridal fashion is growing.
An interest in sustainable bridal fashion is growing.

VICTORIA Park fashion designer Angelina Arcaro is dressing a new wave of eco-conscious brides.

The Arcaro Couture founder said interest in sustainable bridal fashion was growing.

“Perth has been a little slow on the pick-up but people are becoming much more aware of the damage clothing inflicts on the planet,” she said.

“Fashion is now the second biggest polluter of the environment and with around 110,000 marriages in Australia each year, fast fashion in the bridal wear industry is contributing to this problem. Many gowns are kept, however many are discarded and that’s a lot of material that goes to waste.”

Mrs Arcaro said synthetic fabrics were commonly used in bridal wear because they crease less and are cheaper because they are mass produced in countries where the machinist is paid very little.

She said she wanted to show women that classy, slow fashion bridal and evening wear existed.

“Most women love glamorous evening and bridal wear but they believe that eco-friendly fashion is dull, hippy and boring,” Mrs Arcaro said. “It’s not true.”