This year’s Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge’s top award goes to Ghanaian Michael Badger and rightfully so, ELLE.com reports; after all he is the first male to win!
The 20-year-old designer isn’t a big name in the fashion world, but he just might be after his dress is worn by an A-list actress on this year’s Academy Awards red carpet.
Born in Ghana, Badger currently attends school at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Ga. where he is looking to obtain a B.F.A in fashion design.
Badger designed his dress in a recycled sketchbook and even turned in his sketch on 100 percent hemp watercolor paper. He found inspiration from a volcano and the dress will represent flowing lava.
Suzy Amis Cameron – wife to James Cameron – started the sustainable fashion competition in 2010 to show that fashion can be eco-friendly and beautiful. The challenge gives designers from all over the world a chance to show off their green talent.
This year’s judges included Cameron, Vivienne Westwood, Zem Joaquin and Lewis Perkins. They unanimously voted Badger as the winner.
Westwood will also mentor Badger throughout the process. He will even be flown to London, where he will work with Westwood’s couturiers.
“This is such an enormous opportunity,” Badger said. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to dispel the idea that one must sacrifice glamour and fantasy in order to be eco-friendly, and the idea of working with the incredible icon of fashion design that is Vivienne Westwood is too much. The thought of a dress that once only existed in my head being worn at the Oscars is just mind-blowing.”
“The Artist” actress Missi Pyle (above) wore last year’s winning design and she looked stunning!
“It is an incredible honor for me to walk the most glamorous red carpet in the world in such a stunning and meaningful dress,” Pyle said.
We hope whoever dons Badger’s dress will feel just as proud.
Congrats to the young designer! We can’t wait to see the lucky celeb show off Badger’s dress at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24.
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