September 1, 2016 • Contributor: Nina Wolff Landau
When Celia Grace co-founder Marcie Muehlke couldn't find a wedding dress that matched her aesthetic and her values of sustainability and human rights, she decided to create Celia Grace–a line of wedding dresses meaningful for brides, seamstresses, and the environment.
What could be more beautiful than an exquisitely handmade wedding dress? A breathtaking wedding gown that also gives back and improves the lives of women. Brides don't just love how they look in our dresses: they love how they feel–beautiful inside and out–because they are helping women around the world.
Each Celia Grace dress is designed by Alix Kivlin, co-founder and head designer, and produced with care in India or Cambodia. Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation and supports its seamstresses with empowering and safe working conditions, living wages, and transparent relationships. Celia Grace dresses are handmade by small fair-trade sewing groups that create opportunities for historically marginalized producers and prohibit child labor.
Most Celia Grace fabrics are handmade, natural fibers, or small-batch fabrics to reduce its environmental footprint. That means your wedding dress is made out of gorgeous fabrics unlike you've ever seen, and it is eco-chic. Here are some of the ways Celia Grace works to reduce environmental impact: sourcing fabrics locally; using eco-silks that are raised without chemicals, require minimal water, use traditional weaving practices on no-electricity looms, and are made with nontoxic dyes; improving US-based eco business practices; and prolonging the product lifecycle.
The wedding dress is a symbolic thing of beauty, the most exquisite garment you'll ever wear. Where did it come from, and whose hands touched it as it transformed from raw fibers to dress? When you wear a Celia Grace wedding dress, you put resources directly into the hands of hardworking women changing their communities for the better.