Each look created for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange was worn by Bonaveri Eco-Mannequins and displayed at Buckingham Palace and High Commission Australia, London.
31 looks at Buckingham Palace
Styled by Hamish Bowles, the looks were presented on Bonaveri Eco-Mannequins.
Bonaveri = Mannequin
Today Bonaveri simply means ‘Mannequin’ and wherever there is quality fashion – in a shop, in a museum or in a photo shoot – a Bonaveri mannequin is there.
Linking handmade skills with a visionary sense of form, the company supported and influenced the origin, definition and success of both the Italian and international fashion industries. Their influence came during a magic moment when the concept of ‘ready-to-wear’ started its prominence.
Romano Bonaveri: the art of sculpting the body
In 1950, Romano Bonaveri started his own company based on his remarkable sculpting skills.
Combining his business and creative skills, Romano Bonaveri started to achieve tremendous success. In 1958 the company exhibited at their first Milan Trade Fair and a decade later, their production facility had been expanded to facilitate growing interest in their products.
Romano together with his wife, Adele infused the company with their unique creative skills, always ensuring that the art took centre stage in the company ethos. Their commitment and dedication to both business and creativity places them alongside Italy's finest manufacturers.
This ideal is still a central part of Bonaveri's work. It is evident in every product that leaves the factory.
Inside the factory
The 40.000 square foot home is a modern, high tech facility where craftsmen, artisans and administrative staff come together to create amazing products.
Fashions come and go but nature will always remain
The pursuit of quality has always been at the centre of Bonaveri. There can be no quality without responsibility. With this in mind, in 2012 Bonaveri started a research project dedicated to investigating how to reduce the CO2 emissions of their mannequins.
For this Bonaveri instructed the Politecnico of Milano to conduct the analysis of the life cycle of our mannequins, examining and measuring the impact of each stage of the work: from pre-production to industrial production, packing and dispatch of the products around the world, to their end-of-life.
Based on these results, Bonaveri defined a strategy dedicated to act on the factors responsible for the largest environmental impact of the product.
Bonaveri chose some of the most innovative materials research bodies for the development of bio-based polymers and natural paints that led to BPlast: a Bio Polymer made for the 72% from sugar cane and BPaint, a range of paints 100% of vegetable origin.
The manufacturing operations were assessed against Eco-Age’s GCC Principles of Sustainable Excellence, covering social welfare, environmental protection, training provision and security for workers.
Four years of research led to the selection and registration of a PLA biopolymer as the most appropriate material for manufacturing Bonaveri mannequins.
BPlast is a bioplastic consisting of 72% sugarcane derivative. It has obtained 3-star OK BIOBASED certification from Vinçotte of Belgium.
Compared to commonly used petrochemical plastics, manufacturing mannequins in BPlast makes it possible to reduce CO2 emissions significantly.
BPaint is the first-ever biocompatible paint made solely from renewable organic substances.
BPaint consists of 100% natural, raw materials. It does not contain any petroleum derivatives, not even in low concentrations. This product is a total innovation: it offers the same performance levels as petroleum-based paints while using only natural substances.
- plant resins and oils; plant-based surfactants that do not contain phosphorous;
- 100% vegetable solvent obtained from orange peel using physical processes;
- cobalt-salt- and naphtha-free desiccants based on a new water technology.
The study focussed on:
Pre-production and production:
- producing the materials
- processing those materials to transform them into components (including work done outside the Bonaveri facilities)
- wastes from the processes
- waste disposal
- transporting semi-finished goods (to-and-from suppliers and Bonaveri).
- life cycle (pre-production, production, distribution and disposal) of primary and secondary packaging materials
transporting the finished product from Bonaveri to its destination – the client’s warehouse and/or to where the mannequin will be used – in a sales point or display center
- service: maintenance, onsite work and repairs, replacement – including transport and life cycles of the replaced parts.
- end-of-life processing and treatment of Bonaveri mannequins.
The life cycle assessment
In order to conduct the life cycle assessment of Bonaveri mannequins, the first step was defining the functional unit, that is the service/function that the mannequin provides. This makes it possible to compare the environmental impact of different, but functionally equivalent systems – in other words, all the processes are assessed in relation to an equivalent function. The LCA of the Bonaveri mannequins inventoried all the processes involved in each phase of the life cycle.
This content has been specifically curated for the Google Arts & Culture platform on behalf of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange exhibition that launched on the 19th of February at Buckingham Palace in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.
The project, created and managed by Eco-Age, with the support of The Commonwealth Fashion Council and The British Fashion Council.
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Read more about the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at http://eco-age.com/commonwealth-fashion-exchange/