At Forty Five on Green Embassy’s Designer Zuhal

April 16, 2017 6:42 pm

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Age may define who you are but it doesn’t define who you can be.

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is living proof. At 26 she was a veterinarian, 36 a science teacher, 46 an art student and 56 an eco-fashion designer.

I met with her in Vancouver at the end of a whirlwind showing at Vancouver Fashion Week. Born in Turkey, she spent years in England and currently resides in Australia. One may wonder how being a veterinarian could possibly be connected to designing couture fashion, but as Zuhal shares her story, it all falls into line. Read full article here.

Green Embassy on SAD Magazine

October 29, 2015 11:29 am

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Fri­day night fea­tured the Silent Rain­for­est line from GREEN EMBASSY, an Aus­tralian based, eco avant-garde com­pany that believes that “sus­tain­abil­ity should be at the heart of the fash­ion and tex­tile indus­try.” Cer­ti­fied by Global Organ­ics Tex­tile Stan­dards, GREEN EMBASSY is devoted to chal­leng­ing the fast-fashion, throw-away men­tal­ity of so many con­sumers. The brand uses only 100% organic mate­ri­als and is work­ing towards zero waste at its pro­duc­tion stu­dios. This was the sec­ond year GREENEMBASSY pre­sented at Van­cou­ver Fash­ion Week, and it made its pres­ence felt in a big way…Continue reading here. (Article by Elsie Millar)

Green Embassy by the Bahamas Weekly

October 29, 2015 11:17 am

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Green Embassy celebrates the earth’s mystical rain forests and the treasures that they hold with a new haute couture collection for spring 2016 filled with dazzling romantic dresses in a lush palette of crimson, cream, purple and yellow.

It has been a year since I last interviewed Australian fashion designer artist, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills at Vancouver Fashion Week, where I first discovered her exquisite couture collection that is both luxurious and earth friendly.

Titled, Silent Rainforest this collection is visually stunning. Several of the outfits have high collars taking us back to the classic Victorian era, while the fabrics are delicate with elegant lines as they caress a women’s body…

Continue reading here. (Article by Edward Quan)

VFW S/S16: Silent Rainforest by Green Embassy

October 9, 2015 11:26 am

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This was Zuhal’s third season bringing her GOT certified Eco collection to the runway at VFW and I knew it would be amazing. Silent Rainforest pays homage to Bali and the Amazon, highlighting the devastation of clear-cutting and celebrating all that is unique in these forests. The main fabric used is called Vegan Silk. It is processed from cocoons found in this type of environment without killing the pupae inside. Next she was inspired by the unique orchids found here and began to experiment with different plants and spices to create their soft yellows, pinks and purples. She chopped up red carrots and beets, then sprinkled these vegetables on the silk along with berries and spices like turmeric – creating a look reminiscent of orchids as she went.  Her background as an artist is clearly evident in how the feel of orchids was captured in the final looks. Continue reading here.

Metro Living Zine: 12 Days to the Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Green Embassy

September 27, 2014 1:41 pm

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Ten minutes later a curious woman approached and asked me a question about something which I do not remember now but we started talking and found we had a common interest in animal welfare and rescue groups – her in Turkey and myself in Greece, the environment and healthy eating. She was charming with her accent and the rest, as they say, is history. She was Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy and I was taken with her drive and her fantastic life story. We talked forever and I even modeled one of her gorgeous cruelty-free organic dresses off the runway and in many photos that evening.

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Posing in Vintage: Green Embassy SS2015 Collection

September 27, 2014 1:35 pm

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It’s no wonder Vancouver Fashion Week gave the closing honours to this show. Green Embassy embodies the spirit of sustainability and ecostyle and transforms it into couture fashion that anyone can appreciate.

I anticipate to be seeing much more from this amazing beacon of organic fashion.

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

September 27, 2014 1:31 pm

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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

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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

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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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