By Daniela Degrassi
Sanyukta Shrestha has been our favorite pioneer of sustainable bridal wear since the launch of The Kind Bride. We’ve been featuring her mesmerizing bridal collections throughout the years and admired her efforts on sourcing high quality and most amazing eco and vegan friendly textiles for her designs. This commitment was recently recognized with PETA Luxury Vegan Wedding Award 2021. And today we have one more reason to celebrate her, as she unveils her newest collection ‘The Vegan Dream’.
‘For a bride it is so important to feel comfortable, naturally beautiful and confident in her wedding dress while staying true to her belief and personality, and I think this collection is reflective of those elements and the different aspects of the Sanyukta Shrestha woman who respects the world around her with compassion.”- stated Sanyukta.
‘The Vegan Dream’ is inspired by Narnia’s whimsical world that depicts the deep connection and harmony between humans, nature, and animals. On the 10th anniversary of brand’s sustainable journey, the designer saw fit to reflect her longstanding beliefs in a modern luxury bridal wear that not only fights against animal cruelty, but also looks stylish and affordable. Addition to many Sanyukta Shrestha luxurious sustainable wedding dress collection, this collection is a celebration of love between humans, the Earth and the animals’, a wedding look that more effortlessly fit into any woman’s sustainable wardrobe and provide her with options to reuse after the wedding, which is quite a concrete aspect of the sustainable approach!
Recognized by the media as “the dawn of the sustainable movement” and “the Greta of the Wedding World”, the brand is leading by example by promoting a green future. This ‘Ready to wed’ bridal collection is created without any animal products and features 23 unique cruelty free, Ethical vegan wedding dresses that are handmade by highly skilled artisans in Nepal using skin nourishing hand-spun and hand-loomed 100% Fair trade bamboo, 100% organic cotton, luxe floaty vegan eco- fibre that are made from the cellulose of wood pulp (100% biodegradable and compostable) to recycled fibers. Every piece is thoughtfully created for style savvy brides of every shape and sizes. From stylish separates like fashion-forward shirt dresses, smart wedding suits to floaty elegant dresses and dramatic princess gowns, each piece is named after Narnia related characters like Aslan, Namsi, Faun, Caspian, Telmar as a tribute to the inspiration.
Price starting from £1000, not only is this collection the brand’s most affordable luxury bridal collection by far—made with handmade, sustainable, vegan materials—it also highlights positivity and strength as a developing vision of achieving a sustainable bridal fashion world.
Behind ‘The Vegan Dream’ Campaign Shoot
‘The Vegan Dream’ Campaign ensures to highlight not just the importance of going back to nature but nurturing it too. Even every little detail on the photoshoot set was created by embracing whimsical atmosphere of Narnia’s story, reviving Nature with touch of love, empathy and craftsmanship.
The set was created in Designer’s own private woodland where peace and serenity that surrounds her own home spurs the creativity and inspiration. The woodland is home for many unique birds living in harmony with seasonal wildlife visitors like Muntjac Deer, Wild Rabbits, Pheasants, Owls, Badgers, Bats, Dragonfly, and other beautiful fauna. In keeping its natural beauty intact, the Sanyukta Shrestha team handcrafted many features like Tree Chandelier from naturally fallen branches, Narnia door by upcycling 200 years old door, chairs from broken/fallen woods and resurrected abandoned lamppost to make the area even more enchanting and magical. In the backdrop, eco-friendly luxury tent ‘Lotus Belle’ was adorned with antique/vintage furniture presented in rustic old-world décor with finishing touches like 100 years old antique brass metalware tossed with naturally dried flowers and fallen leaves.
To view the complete Vegan Dream 2022 Collection visit Sanyukta Shrestha website.
Designer: Sanyukta Shrestha, Photographer: Kev Elkins Photography , Tent: Lotus Belle Set Design: Narnia Retreat, Makeup Artist: Madeup by Lottie, Hair Styling: Sanyukta Shrestha Team Model: Olivia Dunn, Location: Designer’s sanctuary Seto Mahal , Creative Direction: Sanyukta Shrestha Team, Furniture & fixtures: Designer’s own Antique and up-cycled collection, Floral Design: Lottie Fotheringham & Sanyukta Shrestha Team
Editor’s Note: After not taking any time off from blogging during Summer, it’s time for a little break! The Kind Bride weekly blog features will return on October 27th! And remember, you can always reach out with questions via our Facebook Community or Instagram while I’ll be out of office.
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.