Green Embassy Empty Oceans Series from
Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 17 published in Vogue China
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Age may define who you are but it doesn’t define who you can be.
Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is living proof. At 26 she was a veterinarian, 36 a science teacher, 46 an art student and 56 an eco-fashion designer. I met with her in Vancouver at the end of a whirlwind showing at Vancouver Fashion Week. Born in Turkey, she spent years in England and currently resides in Australia. One may wonder how being a veterinarian could possibly be connected to designing couture fashion, but as Zuhal shares her story, it all falls into line. Read full article here.
Vancouver, B.C. — World Water Week has just concluded and although many events took place around the world close to rivers, oceans and streams, the fashion runway may be one of the last places on people’s minds when it comes to water and conservation. Enter Zuhal Kuvan-Mills from Australia and her Green Embassy ‘ Empty Oceans’ collection. Read the full article here.
Environmental activist, fashion designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue planet. Currently supporting the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organization, Sea Shepherd (Australia) she said she was compelled to return to west-coast Canada for Vancouver Fashion Week after hearing about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and its threat to local waters. This is the Perth designer’s fourth time down the runway of Vancouver Fashion Week, and her Empty Ocean’s collection is in perfect sync with water conservation, and she wanted to share that with the Vancouver audience. Read full article here.
In March 2014, I was in my seat watching shows at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 14. One night a new designer took to the runway that floored me – Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy – a series called “Earth.” During the week I managed to connect with her in the showroom to get up close and personal with this talented artist and her collection to learn a little about what she was doing. Read full article here.
The brains behind Australia’s first ever Eco Fashion Week, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, has a commitment to zero-waste production and natural handmade materials. Read more and listen here.
“If I have nothing to live up to, I can’t disappoint anybody. If I form a full sentence I’m a genius. People are shocked. They’re like, ‘Oh my God, you’re so smart.’ It’s one of those backward compliments. Or, ‘You look really great without makeup.’”
Pamela Anderson is well aware of the general perception of her. But she knows she transcends her Baywatch image of running slow-motion alongside crashing waves, her big blonde hair bouncing as she carries that weird orange floating life preserver thing that never seems to be used. She has been the reigning global sex symbol since her first Playboy cover in 1989, but her mark on the world is more profound than anything she’s accomplished as a model and actress.
The number of causes she campaigns for is staggering – Haitian relief, AIDS research, animal rights, various environmental concerns – the list goes on and on. She has her own charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, that supports various causes. She is not a dilettante star dabbling in activism for good PR. Ever since she entered the pop culture sphere, she has been tirelessly using her celebrity to fight for issues dear to her.
Pamela wears a recycled Fishnet tank top by Green Embassy. Pamela wears a tie dye linen coat by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, organic cotton loose wrap shirt and shorts by Bsbee and slingbacks by Amelie Pichard X Pamela Anderson.” Read more here…
“The conservation of our oceans is close to my heart,” says Perth-based Australian eco fashion designer and visual artist, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, “especially after my encounter with whales on the Southern Oceans a few years ago in Albany, Western Australia. It is a memory that is embedded into my soul.”
As an environmental activist, designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue planet. She is the ambassador for Green Embassy, Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label.
The Empty Ocean Series collection was inspired by the fragile beauty of our ocean’s ecosystems and all their living creatures. Pollution, over fishing and the continued killing of marine mammals was the catalyst in the creation of this work from the very beginning says Kuvan-Mills.
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Green Embassy celebrates the earth’s mystical rain forests and the treasures that they hold with a new haute couture collection for spring 2016 filled with dazzling romantic dresses in a lush palette of crimson, cream, purple and yellow.
It has been a year since I last interviewed Australian fashion designer artist, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills at Vancouver Fashion Week, where I first discovered her exquisite couture collection that is both luxurious and earth friendly.
Titled, Silent Rainforest this collection is visually stunning. Several of the outfits have high collars taking us back to the classic Victorian era, while the fabrics are delicate with elegant lines as they caress a women’s body…
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Friday night featured the Silent Rainforest line from GREEN EMBASSY, an Australian based, eco avant-garde company that believes that “sustainability should be at the heart of the fashion and textile industry.” Certified by Global Organics Textile Standards, GREEN EMBASSY is devoted to challenging the fast-fashion, throw-away mentality of so many consumers. The brand uses only 100% organic materials and is working towards zero waste at its production studios. This was the second year GREENEMBASSY presented at Vancouver Fashion Week, and it made its presence felt in a big way…Continue reading here. (Article by Elsie Millar)
This was Zuhal’s third season bringing her GOT certified Eco collection to the runway at VFW and I knew it would be amazing. Silent Rainforest pays homage to Bali and the Amazon, highlighting the devastation of clear-cutting and celebrating all that is unique in these forests. The main fabric used is called Vegan Silk. It is processed from cocoons found in this type of environment without killing the pupae inside. Next she was inspired by the unique orchids found here and began to experiment with different plants and spices to create their soft yellows, pinks and purples. She chopped up red carrots and beets, then sprinkled these vegetables on the silk along with berries and spices like turmeric – creating a look reminiscent of orchids as she went. Her background as an artist is clearly evident in how the feel of orchids was captured in the final looks. Continue reading here.
AS part of her plan to protect the earth’s animals and nature, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills has created a new 2016 Spring Summer collection that has once again embraced recycling, protection, nurturing and divinity. Her brand Green Embassy is Australia’s first internationally recognised organically certified fashion label. Her previous collections which have sold out overseas include eco-printed organic cottons, organically merino and alpaca wools embedded with eucalyptus leaves and fine dyed-silks.
In this latest collection she uses flowers, plants and natural materials to help convey her message about the fragility and sensitivity of the world’s ecosystems.
“This time my abstract eco-prints are made from hibiscus flowers, bougainvilleas, ferns, orchids, purple carrots, pomegranates, forest berries, beetroot, red cabbage and turmeric and the lotus,” she said from her home in Brigadoon.
For the raindrops and dew, Kuvan-Mills has chosen bursts of Swarovski’s crystal, beads and glass which give the garments a 1920s edge of elegance, romance and sophistication. This season her colour palette is a feast for the senses with golds, creams, crimsons and violets. Delicate and subtle and also visually stunning, Silent Rainforest evokes the lightness of the rainforest canopy with its sea of ferns, mosses, trees, butterflies, colourful birds and flowers.
Kuvan-Mills said much of her inspiration had come from the 1962 classic Silent Spring, a book by Rachel Carson which is widely regarded as launching the modern environmental movement. Read more here.
Green Embassy gets featured on Channel 7 TV Today Tonight show.
AIR DATE: February 18, 2015
It’s no wonder Vancouver Fashion Week gave the closing honours to this show. Green Embassy embodies the spirit of sustainability and ecostyle and transforms it into couture fashion that anyone can appreciate.
I anticipate to be seeing much more from this amazing beacon of organic fashion.
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I love Green Embassy and all it stands for. Founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills also has an amazingly soft heart and during our interview, her deep passion became oh so apparent. She comes to the fashion industry through a totally different route. A trained vet who raises her own herd of Alpacas, she has an abiding love for all animals. She has also been an educator and is an established artist with many installations to her name – some with strong social statements. Her textiles led her into the fashion world when she started draping them on models and they were taken for gowns. That was a year ago and she has since shown in London, Vancouver, China, New Zealand and is shortly off to Paris. Excerpt from her VFW bio – “Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is a Turkish-born Australian Visual artist, Textile and Organic certified ( GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer The Western Australia -based creator has two unique eco-sustainability labels to her name – Atelier Zuhal, an artisan studio specialising in handmade textiles using certified organic alpaca and merino fibres, and Green Embassy, a cutting-edge ‘slow fashion’ clothing label employing earth-friendly, hand-crafted techniques…Both labels also intensely celebrate the spirit of sustainability. They fuse zero-waste production, ‘conscious ethics’ and ancient techniques with luxurious, sumptuous and alluring works designed to be passed down from generation to generation.”
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Captivating fashion organic couture line, GREEN EMBASSY, (http://greenembassy.com.au/), has just announced that they will officially be participating in the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week taking place in Vancouver, Canada from September 15 to September 21. The semiannual event will feature award winning designers from over 30 fashion capitals around the world, and will host around 2,500 guests that includes industry professionals, buyers, editors, media and VIPs.
Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, designer and creator of GREEN EMBASSY, will be presenting her women’s and men’s S/S 15 collection, “Connected to Land”, which has already garnered great feedback from its showing at the PLITZS New York Fashion Week China, and just recently in July at New Zealand Eco-Fashion week. With each fashion week presentation, GREEN EMBASSY’s collections become a strong source of conversation for the slew of unique elements that the line adds to the fashion industry.
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I was honoured to attend an Artist’s Talk hosted by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet over the weekend to hear Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (seen above left) a Turkish-born Australian visual artist, textile and organic certified (GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer speak about her product and inspirations, “Beyond the Design.” The Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb even attended to show his support.
I met Zuhal last season at Vancouver Fashion Week and was in awe of her unique pieces made from felt and weaving of the alpaca she raises in Perth, Australia. “I am a farmer and a scientist first,” she said. Zuhal graduated in 1986 from Istanbul University as a veterinarian surgeon. She went on to lecture in animal science and conservation.
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The last few years Amanda has had amazing opportunities from shoots to runways and worked with many talented people. She has been invited by an amazing designer from Australia, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (Green Embassy), who will be showcasing at Vancouver fashion week again in September, to go to Paris with her at world fashion week at the end of September.
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Ten minutes later a curious woman approached and asked me a question about something which I do not remember now but we started talking and found we had a common interest in animal welfare and rescue groups – her in Turkey and myself in Greece, the environment and healthy eating. She was charming with her accent and the rest, as they say, is history. She was Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy and I was taken with her drive and her fantastic life story. We talked forever and I even modeled one of her gorgeous cruelty-free organic dresses off the runway and in many photos that evening.
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Australian-based Green Embassy had its first Vancouver runway show last season at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2014 with couture proffered more as great works of art than mere fashion, and setting the bar high for eco-friendly designs. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the artist behind the canvas — she prefers to be recognized as an artist rather than just a designer — who specializes in handcrafted textiles made from organic alpaca and merino fibres, from animals raised on her own farm in Western Australia.
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Zuhal Kuvan-Mills may be a Fashion Week Darling (she just showed her designs in New Zealand, is about to do it again here in Vancouver, and then it’s off to Paris), but don’t call her a fashion designer. “I’m an artist who makes clothes,” the Haute Couture visionary explains, adding that she has no formal education in fashion and that she sort of stumbled into the industry by accident. (She was inspired last year to turn her textiles into clothing, and Green Embassy was born.)
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