REAL GREEN DRESS
THE NITTY GRITTY
Pure - restored original vintage wedding and party gowns and accessories.
Evolution - vintage and contemporary reworked gowns incorporating vintage and antique fabrics.
Services Available: Individual consultation, historical styling advice, fitting and adaptions, accessory advice
Showroom: Studio in converted farm building, by appointment.
Method of Production: Restoration work in house using least invasive and eco-friendly treatment methods. Evolution gowns, hand and machine work in the studio.
Origin of Materials: Reclaimed fabrics and trimmings. New materials when required are sourced from ethical suppliers.
Ethos: To be as green as possible in all aspects of the business. To provide a luxury service at an affordable price.
Real Green Dress Events
Purely Vintage & Reworked Wedding Gowns for the Individual Bride
I launched Real Green Dress in 2012, after a career in conservation with national museums. People are always telling me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful job. I never forget it is made possible by my various and diverse customers, who are the nicest of people.
Whether your style is romantic vintage lace, sleek sophisticated satin or ethereal colours, with over 100 unique gowns in stock, choosing an eco-friendly dress is easy.
There are lots of vintage veils, head dresses and other accessories to choose from too, all sold clean and ready to wear.
We all like to do our bit for the environment (I’ve yet to meet a customer who doesn’t) but when it comes to planning a wedding or an event, being green isn’t always easy. The ‘Real’ in Real Green Dress is a good start and wearing real vintage or reworked gowns must be the most glamorous side of recycling.
But what about the ‘Green’? I try to be as green as possible in all aspects of the business. Dresses are cleaned before sale using the least invasive treatment methods possible. This is not the easiest or quickest choice but better for your dress and for the environment. I’m not wasting my years of museum training either!
The studio is in a converted farm building, eclectically furnished with vintage and recycled treasures. If you come to visit there will be organic tea and biscuits on offer or fair-trade coffee if you prefer. And it doesn’t stop there. Mail order dress boxes and boutique carrier bags are reusable and all our printing is done with environmentally friendly inks on sustainable card. Not the cheapest option but I’m happier with it that way.
You are welcome to visit the studio on the Surrey Hampshire borders by appointment and of course you may bring someone with you. I also ship dresses all over the world via mail order so if you can’t visit, just ask.