Stella McCartney Debuts “First Ever” Garment Made With Plant-Based Sequins

Stella McCartney has developed what is claimed to be the first ever garment made from plastic-free, plant-based sequins.

The sleeveless Biosequin® jumpsuit has made its debut on the cover of American Vogue, modelled by Cara Delevigne. It is not yet commercially available, but is said to showcase the potential benefits of the material.

“I am amazed by the iridescent beauty of our BioSequin all-in-one”

Developed by a company called Radiant Matter, which specialises in “colour and material solutions for the circular economy”, Biosequins are made from plant-derived cellulose. They are fully biodegradable and contain no plastic, metals, minerals, or synthetic pigments. 

According to Stella McCartney, conventional sequins are made from synthetic materials such as PVC or polyester film, which are harmful to the environment and contain chemicals that could have a negative impact on human health.

Frayme Mylo bag in white
© Stella McCartney

Future of fashion

In recent years, Stella McCartney has increasingly been working to use more sustainable materials. In 2021, the fashion house developed a new version of its classic Eclypse sneakers, made entirely from recycled and plant-derived materials.

Last year, Stella McCartney launched the first ever commercial bag made with Mylo, a mycelium-based leather alternative developed by Bolt Threads. A new white version of the bag was recently showcased at Paris Fashion Week. Eventually, the fashion house plans to use exclusively recycled, recyclable, and biobased materials.

“I am amazed by the iridescent beauty of our BioSequin all-in-one – handcrafted in my London atelier from plant-derived, non-toxic sequins that are even more stunning than conventional options. Who says sustainability can’t be sexy? Cara is breathtaking in this rare, precious garment and I am so grateful that Vogue has given us the platform to share it and inspire others to see the potential of a more conscious future of fashion,” said Stella McCartney.

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