Artists are innately imaginative people, often merging the worlds of fantasy and reality. The designers here have utilized materials not normally used in fashion as fabric to create some extraordinary gowns.
Here are some of our favourits:
The LEGO wedding dress was designed by Japanese artist Rie Hosokai – inspired by her prior work – a similarly-shaped wedding dress made from balloons. It was created for the Piece of Peace LEGO Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan (2012)
Dog tag dress by Korean Artist Do-Ho Suh.
Made for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, this dress made out of masking tape, was inspired by architecture and an empty butterfly chrysalis.
The underneath was first constructed by using a stiff interfacing. Next a couple of layers of masking tape on top of that was added. Then the designer started adding, one by one, layers of masking tape starting from the bottom. She used over 18 rolls of masking tape and over 80 hours went into making the dress. The dress is completely wearable. It has a zipper sewn in the back for getting in and out of.
Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini, has designed fourteen garments for Dress Up Against AIDS, that are made entirely from condoms that were rejected by industry quality tests. She was inspired by HIV-positive children while volunteering for an AIDS prevention group. She has spent the last ten years creating these vibrant designs in hopes of conveying the message that condoms are a critical vehicle for the prevention of AIDS. Unfortunately the dresses are only meant to be worn during fashion shows, but if you’re in L.A. you can enjoy her recent collection at Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture, an exhibition running now through March 11 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.
South Korean artist Sung Yeonju’s started her “Wearable Food” series two years ago using everyday edible items like eggplant, tomatoes, and bubblegum to create stunning dresses…
Artist Carrie Ann Schumacher creates these amazing dresses from the pages of books….. and a hole puncher!
Demi Barnes, designed this as part of her GCSE art coursework. A wedding dress completely made out of divorce papers!
Lady Gaga’s bubble dress certainly is unusual, but it’s fitting garb for someone so eccentric.
The Hussein Chalayan dress looked like it was made of giant soap bubbles, and her nude bodysuit beneath made it look as though the clear pods of varying sizes were all she had one, save for her black fishnet stockings.
…..and last: 2 gorgeous parachute dresses!