The Princess Grace Tribute Collection “A Dress to Change the World” launched in Monaco for Ladies in the City “Grace, A Symbol of Change” under the high patronage of His Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco for the 30th anniversary of Princess Grace, takes the iconic simple style of Her Highness Princess Grace Kelly and transforms it into modern day with sustainable fabrics and plant/earth based dyes all made in Tennessee.
A symbolic icon of style with the sweet heart of mother Theresa caring for those in need and looking beyond the self to the grander picture of what the World needs. Princess Grace inspired a nation and generation that continues to this day. Her “realness” captured the screen and the hearts of those she touched.
This collection is not a replicating of what the amazing designers of her time created for her but with respect this collection is inspired by those looks Princess Grace wore so effortlessly both on screen and in real life. The show will consist of 42 looks that will bring you back to a time of simple classic Hollywood.
Gradient coloring features throughout with all-natural plant and earth-based dyes hailing from indigo, dried indigo leaves, madder root, iron, marigold, osage orange, black walnut, logwood and cochineal and the sustainable fabrics included hemp silk, linen, ramie, organic cottons and reclaimed leather.
Palette: Ivory, indigo, pale yellow, sea foam, Kelly green, coral
Romantic visual artist, pioneer, and unconventional designer Jeff Garner and his sustainable, organic label Prophetik are on a path of transformation, leading the evolution of fashion and changing our perception of luxury.
The uniqueness of Prophetik begins with the artist himself. Garner’s vivacity and his commitment to creating distinctive, sustainable, eco-friendly fashion is a reflection of his environment. Born in the Civil War town of Franklin, Tennessee, and raised on a horse farm, Garner grew with a connectedness to nature and a peaceful understanding of the world. The Prophetik label’s genesis came once Jeff made the decision to combine his love for his surroundings with his artistic desires.
Garner takes his inspiration from the dressmakers of the Civil War period who worked with what was in front of them, fashioning beautiful gowns that were later taken apart to recreate new dresses – sustainability born out of necessity. Garner’s designs have a sophistication that sets them apart from typical organic clothing. Garner says, “I want people to experience the heart of Prophetik” and believes that having a social conscience will never go out of style. Using organic dyes from the garden, recycled bottles transformed into greenspun fleece, working with materials like flax and durable hemp that is naturally softened with baking soda, and employees who receive fair pay to produce his designs are all a part of what makes Prophetik distinct. With his collection, Garner hopes to bring awareness to an industry that has not been concerned with the process as much as the results.
In the ten years that Prophetik has been in existence, Garner’s sustainable garments are stocked in high-end boutiques across the United States, including the distinguished Fred Segal in Santa Monica (a celebrity favorite), and Eco Age located in London, Japan and Switzerland. With a focus on sustainability, the UK’s fashion industry has welcomed Garner’s diversity with open arms. Jeff Garner was named by the Smithsonian Museum as one of the top 40 artists under 40 and recognized in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in DC called 40 under 40: Craft Futures” Prophetik also showcased the Princess Grace Tribute Collection “A Dress to Change the World” at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in DC being the first catwalk at that location in history including a horse out front with model which had to be cleared by the Secret Service due to the location next to the White House.
Garner has also designed for Miley Cyrus, Esperanza Spalding , Livia Firth, Suzy Amis Cameron, Amy Grant, Sheryl Crow, Jonas Brothers, Kings of Leon, Barry Manilow, Julia Styles, Cameron Diaz, etc many of whom have become supportive friends of Garner and and the sustainable mission of Prophetik. Garner frequently speaks at universities on the subject of sustainability in fashion and lifestyle and consults with companies like Whole Foods, Southwest Airlines, etc.
“The excess of cheap apparel and the superfluity of unnecessary foreign manufacturing has grown by sufferance to such an extremity that the manifest decay of the whole realm of the U.S. is likely to follow by bringing into the realm such toxic clothing and man made fibers of polyester, acetate, rayon, and nylon will not only poison our streams also our bodies. The wasting and undoing of a great number of noble gentleman and ladies seeking by show of mainstream apparel to be esteemed as trendy allured by the vain show of those things and more things do not only consume themselves, their goods, their health, and destroy their lands their parents have left unto them but also run into such debts whorely they are not any ways serviceable to their country as otherwise might be.” – Garner
This year, Eco Fashion week closed with a grand finale: Jeff Garner of Prophetik. Known for his romantic and grand collections, the Spring/Summer 2012 collection did not disappoint.
The collection drew influences from the 1950s, 1960s, and even the Victorian era. Narrow shoulders and synched waists were paired with below the knee and floor length hemlines. The runway turned regal with high collars, tapestry inspired fabrics, bell shaped silhouettes, lace sleeves, and larger than life gowns.
Men’s clothing incorporated Victorian and equestrian influences. Riding pants, leather boots, vests, emphasized collars, and fitted jackets were combined with nontraditional colours to contrast the past and the present.
Draping, full skirts, cardigans, and puffed sleeves brought a heavy dose of femininity, while tight braids, dark lipstick, smokey eyes, and teased hair was an obvious contrast to some of the prim and proper silhouettes.
The Jeff Garner collection and Eco Fashion week closed with a final performance by Caitlin Crosby, and a short appearance by Jeff Garner himself. Wearing a fitted riding jacket, and accompanied by a model in a lavish wedding gown, it was romance and fantasy at its best.
2013 – Empress Presents ‘Shanghai Fashion Week S/S Opening Show – Jeff Garner’s PROPHITEK’
In April 2003, a new international fashion event emerged from the shores of the Bund in Shanghai, marking it as the newest fashion capital of the world.
During the first five years, Shanghai Fashion Week’s (SFW) main objective was to introduce top international designers to China. In the second five-year plan, SFW redirected its attention and support to Chinese designers and independent designers and has since achieved remarkable results.
Since its inception, Shanghai Fashion Week has had 150 designer shows, including top international brands like Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin and Paul & Shark. Alongside a progressive partnership, Empress has showcased independent emerging designers including Paris Fashion week's Upcoming Designer of the Year Jeff Garner.
Prophetik, autumn/winter 2011-12
It was Jeff Garner's grandmother who gave him the materials to produce the autumn/winter 2011-12 collection for his sustainable label, Prophetik.
Lola's - aka Grandma Garner - 150-year-old quilts were recycled into beautiful padded jackets, dresses and skirts which had as much of Louis XIV's court about them as they did Little House on the Prairie. As well as courageously slashing and stitching his family heirlooms, Garner used naturally discarded ostrich feathers and sustainable materials like organic cotton velour and cactus silk (made from the agave plant), in the collection which was whimsically named Artist's Wonderland.
Picture credit: Andy Bumpus
Perfect for an eco-conscious starlet's wedding or a trip down the red carpet was the Snowy Mountain dress, in white silk and organic velour with a patchwork panel. Tennessee man Garner made sure there was plenty of Southern soul in the collection, using a palette of vivid jewel shades - a nipped-in emerald green jacket, a Pre-Raphaelite-style scarlet felt frock coat, rich red embroidery standing out on a homespun natural cotton linen background.
There was plenty of pomp and circumstance in red, white and navy militaristic pieces sporting reclaimed gold brocade and antique buttons, but this was balanced by a gentle, homespun feel with frayed, ragged edges and natural fabrics. A romantic, pioneering spirit suffused each outfit.
With Prophetik, Jeff Garner combines a dandyish, rock 'n' roll aesthetic with a robust sustainable philosophy, never compromising his ethical principals or his style credentials. That's why everyone from the Kings of Leon to Taylor Swift wears his designs - maybe their shared Southern roots strike a chord too.
Picture credit: Andy Bumpus
Illustrations by Andy Bumpus
Report by Phoebe Frangoul
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Mr. Garner works with certain stylist, press agents, celebrities, and other clients to obtain that specific sustainable haute couture dress or one of a kind garment for special events.Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding our Bespoke ordering.
Our fabrics are sustainable meaning natural unbleached fibers of flax, hemp, silk, peace silk, seaweed, cactus silk, hand loomed Dupioni Silk and Chiffon, etc.
Our dyes are plant and earth based meaning we use leaves, bark, plants, and roots that we work with our local community garden and farms to grow which allows us to create beautiful gradients of natural color without the harmful chemicals.
Our production is all made locally in TN where our designer is 5th generation Tennessean using his local resources to create his vision.
“Fashion uses more water than any industry other than agriculture. At least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles. Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually.
Clothing that ends up in landfills takes a very long time to decompose — about 6 months for a cotton sock, one year for a wool cap, 40-50 years for a leather belt and 50-80 years for a rubber boot.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 11.8 million tons of cloth, textiles and shoes are discarded in the United States each year, ending up in landfills or being incinerated.
Fashion is sold on beauty…the fabric…the color…the model…the sex. Little emphasis is placed on the manufacturing and composition of the garments. The pretty damsel enters a room and eyes focus. There is no voice or whit to take on the blindness of beauty. It is a both a blessing and a curse. So how can beauty of this magical enticement lend a hand to decimating our lands and our bodies? The wool must be lifted from these eyes of adornment so wisdom can once more guide our ways to protect the very heart of our being both in nature and physical. There is no mistake in our universal truisms that something so beautiful can also be so deadly in it’s dazzling glory. Join me on a quest honoring this beautiful art form and creating a new way to sustain our dreams of tomorrow. “ Jeff Garner