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Livia Firth isn’t the only spouse of an Oscar nominee who’ll be decked out in green for the red carpet. Suzy Amis Cameron (actress and wife of James) picked Jillian Granz, a Michigan State University senior majoring in apparel and textile design, as the winner of her first “Red Carpet Green Dress” contest. The competition, which launched in December, required designers to conceive a gown made from natural, organic, or recycled fabrics. Granz’s winning proposal: A zero-waste dress made from Ahimsa or “peace” silk, derived from cocoons without killing the silkworms inside.

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The dress will be unveiled on March 3 at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party, co-hosted by Amis Cameron and her Academy Award-winning producer/director/King of the World husband, whose latest film, Avatar, will vie for nine Oscar awards at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, including best director.

“Choosing from sketches and designs worldwide, it was a tough decision,” Amis Cameron said in a press release. “Jillian’s design was stunning and had that something special. It’s a beautiful combination of sustainability and style. I’m excited to promote the talent of this young designer.” By drawing attention to the beauty (and practicality) of sustainable design, Amis Cameron noted, she hopes more people will consider sustainable alternatives and practices in their own lives.

Amis Cameron hopes more people will consider sustainable alternatives and practices in their own lives.

Granz’s design will be brought to life by Academy Award-winning designer Deb Scott, although Granz will be flown to Los Angeles for fittings. The contest was also a fundraiser for MUSE, a California nonprofit elementary school that Amis Cameron co-founded with her sister, Rebecca Amis.

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