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Women (& Wedding Dresses) that Inspire ~ Help Celia Grace Name a 2017 Dress Style

Our amazing friends at Celia Grace recently asked Black Sheep Bride readers to help them name one of their new 2017 fair trade wedding gowns! 
 
So we want to know – who inspires you? Celia Grace recently released their 2017 wedding dress collection and is looking for help naming one of their stunning new dress styles in honor of an amazing woman.
 
Celia Grace connects women around the world – brides get a stunning wedding gown that makes them look and feel more beautiful than ever before – and dressmakers works in safe conditions for fair pay so they can take their kids to the doctor and send their girls to school.
 
By naming each dress after an inspiring woman Celia Grace continues this cycle of building positive connections between women around the world. Some existing styles include Amelia (Earhart, pilot), Rachel (Carson, environmentalist), , Eleanor (Roosevelt, humanitarian), and more. 
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The 2017 collection features fine silks and vintage-inspired laces, illusion necklines, keyhole backs and a few dresses that convert from long to short and two organically-dyed colorful dresses.
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What we need to do is brainstorm as many inspiring women as possible after whom this dress can be named.  Public figures (past or present) are best but all suggestions are welcome.
 
The dress we are naming is this gorgeous open back lace gown shown throughout this post. 
Refer to these images and allow your creative juices to run wild with all the possible name choices! So what name would you select?
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So what name would you select? Let us know below, on our Facebook, Instagram, or email us at Hello (at) blacksheepbride (dot) com.

Fast Fashion in the Wedding Industry (& The True Cost Trailer)

This past fall Black Sheep Bride was able to participate at the 2015 New York Bridal Fashion Week. I went with the intention of showcasing the charitable, sustainable stories, designers, people and products that are not often highlighted at events like these. At each interaction I introduced myself as such, ‘Hi! My name is Danielle. I own an ethical and socially conscious wedding publication, called Black Sheep Bride. We are at NY Bridal Fashion Week to highlight ethical wedding designers and domestic labels that have hearts for giving back to others and the environment. Is that something your company does?’ It was not to my surprise that most brands were without a giving back element and were mainly manufactured overseas (‘in Asia’, as most would say). My intention wasn’t to put them on the spot, make them uncomfortable,  feel guilty, or let them think they were anything less than ‘FABULOUS’, however I did want to start a conversation, bring the topic to the forefront of their consciousness and possibly initiate internal reassessment of their supply chain strategies. So that had me thinking, why isn’t the wedding fashion world comfortable answering these questions? I believe there is a pretty simple explanation: Because they aren’t being asked! Blind fashion consumerism says ‘Wow, that is a gorgeous dress! I must have it! Can I afford it?’ and nothing else. With the average wedding costing over $30-80k (depending on the market) couples, up until now, have been more concerned with the cost they had to pay to have the dress, that most didn’t think to ask about the cost/lives others had to pay to make their jaw-dropping wedding gown a reality. With that said, take a moment and watch the trailer for The True Cost (releasing in May of 2016), a documentary examining the Fast Fashion world we have come to love and learn about the impact it makes on others and the environment. Deemed the second dirtiest industry, first being oil, the environment and others have paid a heavy price for this over-consumption. With over 80 billion pieces of clothing a year created by ‘Fast Fashion’ this does not exclude the wedding garment industry. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t guilty of this myself, I am currently rocking a gnarly Mom-Top-Bun, tattered Old Navy jeans and a t-shirt I’m certain wasn’t ethically produced. This isn’t a post to make you feel like un-ethical chump change. We can’t just empty all of our closets and go on an ethical shopping spree, well at least I can’t… It’s a long term process, that requires conscious thought and effort. In the past two years, I have been buying less clothing, investing in ethical brands, and creating new styles out of my old options, in an effort to be more intentional with my consumer choices. This post is a wedding industry conversation starter with one topic: How can begin to change Fast Fashion in the Wedding Industry? Let’s start by celebrating those designers that are making a difference in their manufacturing, and sourcing strategies. We are excited by all of the recent buzz and up and coming fair trade, ethical, domestically sourced and designed wedding labels growing in the market today and we think they deserve to be celebrated as well. Here are 11 designers we LOVE: 1. Celia Grace Fab-You-Bliss-Grey-To-Blue-Photography-Celia-Grace-Malala-Dress-31 Photo Credit: Grey to Blue Photography via Fab You Bliss 2. Kendal Leonard Designs 131008-Modern-Eco-Farm-Wedding-171 Photo Source: Kendal Leonard Designs 3. Pure Magnolia 11875082_10153537888593996_509601149155249177_o Photo Source: Pure Magnolia 4. Lindee Daniel  1017081_546437442081484_1217929619_n Photo Credit: Jason Hales 5.  Tara Lynn 12232788_1110007019016994_7351823104052684154_o Source: Tara Lynn 6. Minna Hepburn bridal2 Source: Minna Hepburn 7. Lena Medoyeff corey_3-1500x590 Photo Credit: Corey Bruce Photography 8. Samantha Sleeper 12489388_763788457099166_6314925933676784042_o Photo Credit: Mayden Photography 9. Rebecca Schoneveld 12111908_10206817152260041_8876589592622512717_n Photo Credit: Rachel Gomez Photography  10. Lakum  11004618_846305842127497_5322887586708841843_o Source: Lakum  11. Natalie Daemi  MIEGO+(SELECTS)+018 Photo Source: Natalie Daemi   Now that you’ve been inspired by these lovely designers, reach out to them and start your own conversation about a domestically made, or ethical/fair trade dress today!  

5 Ways to Say ‘YES’ to the Socially Conscious Wedding Dress

Over the next 5 weeks we will be chatting about the 5 ways you can ‘Say ‘Yes’ to the {Socially Conscious} Dress’! 5WAYSTOSAYYES We will be introducing some of the best Socially Conscious Wedding Dress Alternatives and the brands/options behind each option! For Now… Here is a a little look at the dress types/various designers/organizations we will be reviewing over the next 5 weeks: Fair Trade Gowns | Eco Friendly Gowns | Rented Gown Options | Upcycling/Vintage Alternatives | Charity Dress Sale Options 5dressoptions Featured Gown/Photo credits (left to right) : Celia Grace Wedding GownsKL Eco Designs (Trullium Weber Photography), Rent the RunwayMrs. Robinson’s Daughter (Jen Dederich Photo), and Brides Against Breast Cancer Gown (Photography by Lauryn) Keep your eyes peeled for what’s in store!