The winners of the sixth annual Red Carpet Green Dress competition were announced Tuesday -- along with the names of the Hollywood actors set to wear the eco-conscious clothing during the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.
According to the announcement, the winning gown design was submitted by Manon Gabard, a fashion student at ESMOD-ISEM in Paris where she specializes in New Couture (the cited inspiration -- "the grace and fluidity of a jellyfish" -- already makes it a winner in our book) and another ESMOD student, Tingting Chen, whose focus is menswear, submitted the winning tuxedo design.
It's a fashionable feather in ESMOD's cap -- especially since last year's winning gown design was submitted by Alice Elia also a student at the school.
Both of the winning designers will be mentored along the way by Jeff Garner a fashion designer known for working with plant dyes and natural fabrics -- who also mentored last year's winning menswear designer, Jomnarn Dul.
Gabard's gown will be worn down the Oscars red carpet by freshly minted Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), and Chen's tuxedo will be worn by Jake McDorman ("American Sniper") following in the stylishly sustainable footsteps of Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz who turned out clad in last year's winning looks.
Previous winners of the international design competition include Michael Badger (whose design was worn by Naomie Harris at the 2013 Oscars), Missi Pyle (2012), Valentina Delfino (worn by Missi Pyle to the 2012 Academy Awards), Samata Angel (2011) and Jillian Granz whose winning submission hit the red carpet in 2010.
The Red Carpet Green Dress program is the brainchild of Suzy Amis Cameron (wife of director James Cameron) who, for the last six years, has used the Academy Awards' red carpet to raise the profile of eco-friendly and sustainable design as well as raise funds for the Malibu Canyon-based MUSE School California she co-founded.
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