Lincolnshire’s resident sustainable bridal designer Sanyukta Shrestha has been announced as the winner of Luxury Award at the PETA Vegan Wedding Awards among the other category winners such as British singer Leona Lewis.
The largest animal rights organisation in the world, PETA entities have more than 9 million members and supporters globally. PETA’s International sites are dedicated in the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, Switzerland, India, Australia, Asia and Latino. The first Vegan Wedding Award was organised by PETA, UK.
PETA’s Director Elisa Allen said “PETA’s Vegan Wedding Awards recognise the industry players that are making it easier than ever to say “I do” to an eco- and animal-friendly celebration. Because true luxury is kind, high-end designer Sanyukta Shrestha received the accolade for her collection of gorgeous wedding gowns made from high-quality vegan fabrics, including bamboo, hemp “silk”, and organic cotton, allowing brides to walk down the aisle in style while being kind to the planet and the animals we share it with.”
Recognised by the media as “the dawn of the sustainable movement” and “the Greta of the Wedding World”, Sanyukta Shrestha was among the first to introduce sustainability to the bridal industry with the launch of her first international sustainable bridal collection in 2011 made from eco-friendly, cruelty free vegan fibres from hand-spun and hand loomed bamboo, banana, hemp, organic cotton to wild nettle. Sanyukta Shrestha is also the first British Nepalese Bridal Fashion Designer to have one of her sustainable couture creations preserved in the prestigious Fashion Museum in Bath since 2013 which is also made from 100% sustainable vegan fibres.
Sanyukta Shrestha said “Winning was an emotional moment that left us in tears, indeed happy tears. On the 10th anniversary of our brand’s sustainable journey, being awarded by such an inspirational and prestigious organisation in the World ‘PETA’ is a remarkable milestone for our brand’s value and vision.”
19 years ago, while Nepalese born designer worked as a volunteer for World Wildlife Fund Nepal (WWF) and Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) in Nepal, Sanyukta had a vision of cruelty free fashion that urged her to think deeply about the future of our planet and what the impact every one of us has. Sanyukta Shrestha would like to thank PETA for this incredible honour and all the supporters of her personal journey and evolution of her sustainable brand.