A pioneer in sustainable bridal design, the epitome of Sanyukta Shrestha’s collections is luxurious organic fair-trade fabrics, fused with flattering shapes, elegance, and individuality. While Sanyukta’s designs are usually seen exclusively on her brides or at red carpet events, one of her creations has been preserved in the prestigious Fashion Museum in Bath as a piece of Art for the public. Recognized by the media, Sanyukta’s work has been featured in leading international magazines, the Nepalese born designer’s sustainable gowns have been worn by several celebrities; Victoria’s Secret supermodel Candice Swanepoel; American girl band Fifth Harmony; Soprano’s Natalie Coyle and Laura Wright; and actresses Amy Wren, Jasmine Armfield, Raquel Cassidy and Amy Nuttall to name a few. The London College of Fashion graduate has her own flagship store ‘Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha’ in Fulham London which has become the go-to destination for international brides, dreaming of the perfect Eco-Friendly Wedding. Honoured with ‘Best of the Wedding Industry, Leading Specialists on Eco friendly & Sustainable Bridal Wear-2019’ this year, the designer has been recognized with many other prestigious national & international awards since beginning of her journey for the graceful creations and an innovative approach of empowering women in developing countries.
All the hand-loomed organic cotton and bamboo fabrics used in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collections come from the Tulsi Mehar Mahila Ashram which houses homeless and destitute women. The Ashram is the first social non-governmental organisation (NGO) that was set up in 1927 dedicated to helping deprived women of challenging backgrounds in Nepal. Sanyukta’s team then turns the handmade and hand spun fabrics created by these skillful women into wearable art. A staggering 50% of Sanyukta Shrestha’s fabric producers are from remote and mountainous areas. All these remarkable women are given the chance to employ their traditional skills in their own homes to generate extra income.
Sanyukta’s decision to use these natural/eco fibres in her collections underlines her commitment to the environment and development focusing on ‘beauty with a conscience’. Through blending sustainability with her ethical believes, she intends to create opportunities for village women in Nepal, by merging and turning their traditional skills into delicate fabrics and designs. Sanyukta Shrestha’s extensive range of innovative fashion forward gowns provides stylish options to all women who care for people as well as the planet. However, the end quality in both the designs and craftsmanship is in no way compromised through this ethical and ecological approach, resulting in an uplifting and luxurious gown.
Images by Kev Elkins Photography