Emma Whiteside won the 2009 Montana World of Wearable Arts Shell Sustainability Award with this copper creation – Queen Adelaide.
Emma was inspired by the little-known 19thC Queen, who was a fan of sustainability herself. Queen Adelaide would recycle old jewels for her new crown, so that she wouldn’t waste public money. As the gown had to be made out of at least 85% recycled materials, Emma used excess copper from an automotive radiator manufacturing company. The workmanship took over 350 hours, on top of an often hectic full-time final year study schedule.