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abachii
« on: March 19, 2011 05:22:51 PM »

So, a few months back, I posted the first two dresses from my college portfolio, and promised to post more later, so here I am (: Two more dresses for your viewing pleasure.
These were constructed completely from reconned materials, in an effort to explore how the recycling movement might affect the fashion and costume design industry in the near future. However, I branched off into the extreme just a little, and these dresses didn't end up very wearable, so I suppose they're more work of arts. Nonetheless, I fell in love with these as I worked on them, and enjoyed the challenge! And all in all, I spent about 80 cents total on both.

First, the Magazine Dress, modeled by one of my besties, Natalie


It's made out of an old tank top, wrapped in duct tape and cut out in the right shape, then paper mached, and the skirt is made out of an extra large black trash bag covered in blue magazine pages folded into fans. These all came from those free surf magazine around town There's also a slit down the right side of the skirt to make it easier to walk, and not as hot (:


Natalie loved it, in case you can't tell



And the Map Dress, worn by Asia. You might recognize her from my other post


This dress was made completely out of maps, specifically, maps of texas, oregon, washington, and germany! I drafted a basic bodice block for the top, leaving out the underarm darts, and then attached a bunch of pleated maps on the bottom of it.


And yes, that is a pb and j sandwich in her mouth.


I'll be back with more later!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011 05:45:01 PM »

Super wow!   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011 05:45:54 PM »

the map dress is lovely
if that was wearable everyday, i would own it in a heartbeat!
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011 06:49:51 PM »

they look like a lot of fun! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011 01:58:50 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011 03:13:55 AM »

They are both gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011 08:49:41 AM »

This is why I love fashion. All the innovative and intriguing ideas!
They look well constructed, especially for having used so much paper! I'm particularly fond of the first dress.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011 01:37:01 PM »

Thank you, guys (:
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011 03:26:32 PM »

Super cool to look at - very creative and well crafted.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2011 09:43:20 PM »

these are brilliant, nicely done!
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2011 01:12:22 AM »

These are amazing! My cousin and her friends have been having ABC Parties (anything but clothes??) and they have to get creative like this. I'm going to have to show her your work! Keep it up!
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2011 02:18:27 AM »

Very cool! I love their poses in the pictures. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2011 09:06:56 AM »

Wow, i love the magazine-dress! Great!
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2011 10:20:22 PM »

Thanks everyone, and punkmandi, I've never before heard of those types of parties, but I'm now tempted to throw one!
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011 08:31:03 AM »

I would wear both of these dresses! well done!
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2011 09:19:44 PM »

So great, I also love how the girl in the map dress is reading a map! Great touch!
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2011 12:16:07 PM »

I love both, but the Map dress is effortlessly cool Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2011 02:26:57 AM »

Both fantastic, but my fav is the map dress Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2011 05:00:48 PM »

Thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2011 06:52:43 PM »

The map dress is crazily cute, I'd wear that out! In fact, you've made me put myself on the warpath for map print fabric (just because I want to wear it daily). Using paper as fabric sounds so difficult to me, but you make it look simple. And that, in and of itself, is an art. Good job!
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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2011 07:02:59 PM »

So different in a totally awesome kind of way!!
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