How recycled sets became beautiful headdresses for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Dresd work directly within the UK film industry, offering sustainable initiatives that aim to reduce carbon emissions and waste. They provide a unique initiative to the event industry, supporting the need for more sustainable alternatives to be adopted within event design. 

Who are Dresd?
Dresd provide the broadcast industry with a viable, cost-effective and sustainable alternative to set waste being sent to landfill or waste to energy. They are a certified albert supplier and recommended by the BBC, helping to support an environmentally sustainable future for the TV and film industries.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} Dresd use recycled materials from film and TV sets to create unique, yet sustainable design solutions for a range of projects. For The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, Dresd designed and produced flower headdresses made from recycled film set papers, as well as additional set dressing to showcase the looks for each exhibition. 
Dresd for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
Dresd designed and dressed the exhibition using recycled, and sustainable materials. They created over 40 up-cycled headdresses which were made using 6,000 pieces of reclaimed film-set paper. 

Each headdress was handmade, with over 4,000 flowers in total.

Other materials used included recycled film-set staging from a BBC production, which were made into plinths to display each of the 31 looks.

Approximately 118 tons of recyclable materials were recovered from this same production, these now form a part of their recycling and sustainability initiative.

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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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