Sustainability – a way of life that transcends fashion for Mother of Pearl’s Creative Director, Amy Powney – has come on leaps and bounds since the designer debuted her conscious graduate collection to a few raised eyebrows back in 2006.

Fast forward to now, and we’ve got a class of ethically-minded designers passing through Graduate Fashion Week; events such as Fashion Revolution that ask us to question #WhoMadeMyClothes?; and digital marketplaces like Antibad that curate the best of global contemporary vegan and organic garments.

And yet, despite this marked progress, as Amy’s wedding approached last year, she found herself struggling to buy something that catered to her every desire – namely, steering clear of ‘meringue’ territory and demonstrating responsibility for the chain of supply. Rather than admit defeat, Amy was motivated to instead create her own dress in her East London studio, as well as a subsequent capsule of alternative bridal options for the cool-as-a-cucumber wedding belle.

With each piece boasting organic origins – making use of sustainable bamboo silk as just one example – the collection ‘Pearly Whites’ features an oversized pyjama shirt and trousers and two ankle-grazing dresses, the Suzie and Tilda, which come complete with the option to request small bespoke details and colour switches.

We sat down with Amy to learn more about her commitment to sustainability. 

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