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Olio by Marilyn: Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 15 – Day 3 Shows

September 27, 2014 1:31 pm

ed ng photography Green Embassy Vancouver Fashion Week

I love Green Embassy and all it stands for. Founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills also has an amazingly soft heart and during our interview, her deep passion became oh so apparent. She comes to the fashion industry through a totally different route.  A trained vet who raises her own herd of Alpacas, she has an abiding love for all animals.  She has also been an educator and is an established artist with many installations to her name – some with strong social statements.  Her textiles led her into the fashion world when she started draping them on models and they were taken for gowns. That was a year ago and she has since shown in London, Vancouver, China, New Zealand and is shortly off to Paris. Excerpt from her VFW bio – “Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is a Turkish-born Australian Visual artist, Textile and Organic certified ( GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer The Western Australia -based creator has two unique eco-sustainability labels to her name – Atelier Zuhal, an artisan studio specialising in handmade textiles using certified organic alpaca and merino fibres, and Green Embassy, a cutting-edge ‘slow fashion’ clothing label employing earth-friendly, hand-crafted techniques…Both labels also intensely celebrate the spirit of sustainability. They fuse zero-waste production, ‘conscious ethics’ and ancient techniques with luxurious, sumptuous and alluring works designed to be passed down from generation to generation.”

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Robin Whachell Blogger: Green Embassy returns to Vancouver Fashion Week

September 27, 2014 1:22 pm

Zuhal Behind the Design Talk Vancouver

I was honoured to attend an Artist’s Talk hosted by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet over the weekend to hear Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (seen above left)  a Turkish-born Australian visual artist, textile and organic certified (GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer speak about her product and inspirations, “Beyond the Design.”  The Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb even attended to show his support.

I met Zuhal last season at Vancouver Fashion Week and was in awe of her unique pieces made from felt and weaving of the alpaca she raises in Perth, Australia. “I am a farmer and a scientist first,” she said.  Zuhal graduated in 1986 from Istanbul University as a veterinarian surgeon.  She went on to lecture in animal science and conservation.

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She’s So Eco Blog: Haute Couture with an organic artisan heart

September 27, 2014 1:17 pm

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills may be a Fashion Week Darling (she just showed her designs in New Zealand, is about to do it again here in Vancouver, and then it’s off to Paris), but don’t call her a fashion designer.  “I’m an artist who makes clothes,” the Haute Couture visionary explains, adding that she has no formal education in fashion and that she sort of stumbled into the industry by accident. (She was inspired last year to turn her textiles into clothing, and Green Embassy was born.)

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The Bahamas Weekly: VFW kicks off with 70 international designers on the roster

September 27, 2014 1:13 pm

Raising the Hemline

VFW founder Jamal Abdourahman is hosting the biggest fashion week Vancouver has ever seen. The Opening Gala was definitely a taste of the week coming with plenty of emerging talent, and innovative fashion.

Returning this season is Evan Clayton, Green Embassy, Connally McDougall, Hong Kiyoung, Nikkie Babie, Pappillon, Shelly Klassen blushing boutique, Dawson & Deveraux and others. LaSalle College, a design school in Vancouver will be showcasing on Wednesday evening.

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Press Release: GREEN EMBASSY Set to Take Over Runway

September 27, 2014 1:08 pm

Skye Nastaha and Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy

Captivating fashion organic couture line, GREEN EMBASSY, (, has just announced that they will officially be participating in the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week taking place in Vancouver, Canada from September 15 to September 21.  The semiannual event will feature award winning designers from over 30 fashion capitals around the world, and will host around 2,500 guests that includes industry professionals, buyers, editors, media and VIPs.

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, designer and creator of GREEN EMBASSY, will be presenting her women’s and men’s S/S 15 collection, “Connected to Land”, which has already garnered great feedback from its showing at the PLITZS New York Fashion Week China, and just recently in July at New Zealand Eco-Fashion week.  With each fashion week presentation, GREEN EMBASSY’s collections become a strong source of conversation for the slew of unique elements that the line adds to the fashion industry.

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VanCity Buzz: Article on Amanda Oiom, Model

September 27, 2014 1:02 pm

Amanda Oiom Green Embassy Model

The last few years Amanda has had amazing opportunities from shoots to runways and worked with many talented people. She has been invited by an amazing designer from Australia,  Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (Green Embassy), who will be showcasing at Vancouver fashion week again in September, to go to Paris with her at world fashion week at the end of September.

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Asian Pacific Post: Sidewalk Runway

September 27, 2014 12:57 pm

Skye Natasha and Zuhal Kuvan-Mills

Vancouver Fashion Week SS2015

The Opening Gala (Mon 9.15), Saturday and Sunday appeared to have drawn the best dressed crowds. There were quite a few guests I would love to feature. The same applies to the Designers. I attended 22 shows and I loved Aiaizel, Grandi’s Atelier, Lubov Tumanova and Green Embassy.

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Article from Styledrama on S/S15 Vancouver

September 27, 2014 7:48 am


Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy has always called herself “an artist that makes clothes.” Upon viewing her latest men’s and women’s S/S 15 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week a few days ago, she is going to have to get comfortable to being referred to as a couture fashion designer.

My first introduction to the eco-friendly Green Embassy line from Australia was last March at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 14 show. Where she featured 16 exquisite women dresses and returned last week with a dramatic runway show of 38 pieces, worthy of any established European fashion house.

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Connected to Land Dance Video

June 12, 2014 12:30 pm

Connected to Land Wearable Art Collection

June 9, 2014 9:09 pm


GREEN EMBASSY founder and designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, once again presents an outstanding collection of contemporary fashion. Zuhal’s new series, Connected to Land reveals a journey of discovery where land and fashion meet. Drawing inspiration from the palette of the West Australian bush, collaborations with West Australia visual artists, and her previous wearable Collections (Night in the Bush, Regeneration and Earth) this new series delivers captivating, wearable sculptures that ‘revision’ natural forms, rocks, waterholes, earth and precious, fragile leaf structures.

Zuhal’s conception for minimalistic, natural fashion is transformed into an exciting body of daring design pieces, striking evening and stylish day wear. These unique, naturally hand-dyed pieces utilise a subtle blend of complimentary fabrics, soft felted Merino, placed to work with playful pleats and glamorous flowing folds. Zuhal describes her embellishments as “biomorphic drawings, paintings and sculptures” viewing her creations as more than fashion, rather, textile artworks delivering a message.

Using locally sourced Australian alpaca, Merino wool and recycled organic natural fibres, hand-dyed with Eucalyptus leaves, Zuhal continues to produce works which proclaim her passion for “eco-consciousness”. The care in which the designer has spun, dyed, felted, stitched and embroidered these exquisite “textile sculptures for the body” is testament to her dedication to sustainability and quality. Zuhal continues to place great importance in recreating luxury through organic processes and the resulting works reflect her love of materials and her craft. The inclusion of precious found metal objects, pearls, hand-painted vintage glass represents her “transfer of memories from the past” into new expressions of land.

Her Connected to Land series focuses on an earthy palette with a blend of strong, black and white contrasts. Zuhal recreates an authentic Australian notion of beauty through the use of muted, rustic ‘Outback’ tones and “sunset” oranges that nourish the soul and reconnect with the earth.

For this collection of work Zuhal researched many culture’s responses to the land, with a particular focus on North American, Maori and Aboriginal art forms. She was inspired by their collective respect and view of the land as a living entity, entwined in their religious beliefs and daily practices.

Connected to Land is invigorated by the introduction of collaborative work by two West Australian visual artists, Deborah Bonar and Jude Taylor, who along with Zuhal, are based in the picturesque Swan Valley region of Western Australia.

Aboriginal artist Deborah Bonar and Zuhal share the ideology of drawing from their traditional cultural arts practices to create contemporary works reflecting their response to country. Printmaker Jude Taylor’s work is inspired by, “the ability of Western Australian wildflowers to sustain life in a hostile environment and the hardy Australian bush women, who were both able to flourish in a harsh West Australian environment.”

Deborah Bonar has exhibited widely in WA and has previously been the recipient of the coveted Cossack Art Award (Indigenous). She is represented in both private and public collections including the City of Perth and the Credit Suisse Art Collections.
Deborah’s artwork is an exploration and a celebration of her Gija and Yamatji heritage. She explains, through her art, she “reconnects with her Aboriginal culture. Creating art gives her a voice and the artistic expression to tell her interpretive stories of Aboriginal culture and her people’s strong spiritual connection to land, water and nature.”

Deborah and Jude are both renowned for their bright design work, combining traditional techniques with a contemporary palette. Both artists have collaborated to extend and reinterpret their traditional design practice to create works to inspire and create visions amongst the landscape for this collection.

The Connected to Land Collection flirts with earthy abstract shapes, natural prints, lush hand-made fabrics and sleek, sensual lines, sharing with you the artist’s respect, love and enchantment with the Australian Land.

Jenny Haynes