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Eco Chic Wedding Dress Shopping

It’s easy being green (even in white) at Beauty by Design.
By: 
Allyson Reedy

Saving the planet may not be the first thing on your mind as you look for a wedding dress (though if it is, we salute you). But at Minneapolis’s appointment-only Beauty by Design bridal shop, just outside the North Loop, you can look good while doing good.

All the dresses that owner Deborah Block carries and creates are ethically made, which means that the artisans hand-sewing your dress are paid a fair wage for their work. Further, four of the six brands Block sells are made using sustainable, eco-friendly or fair-trade fabrics.

“I understand the massive amount of waste that is created from the fashion industry, and I wanted to make a difference by carrying gowns that are not produced in factories or sweatshops,” Block says. “As a fashion designer, I wanted to provide an alternative by creating gowns and garments that make women feel their best and that are ethically and responsibly made.”

In addition to designs like Celia Grace’s romantic silhouettes and Pure Magnolia’s recycled fabric classics, Block designs custom gowns for brides looking for something extra-special—all made, of course, with Earth-friendly fabrics.