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Topic: Avant garde dress made from electrical and speaker wires  (Read 15145 times)
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« on: February 25, 2012 02:45:40 PM »


I recently completed this monster of a dress for the Recycled Runway show at my school. It was my first time ever making a dress from something that wasn't fabric so I wanted to really challenge myself. I picked up three large spools of fixture wire from my local Habitat for Humanity thrift store, some speaker wire, and some hinges and swing locks for the closures and raided my own stash for steel wire for the frame and lots of hot glue.

This dress was a huge challenge because the hot glue was very temperamental and would not hold the metal fixtures onto the dress. I ended up fighting with a few different kinds of glue to try and keep everything together and e6000 finally worked. The dress is constructed so that it opens up from the back and the hinges in the front allow it to swing out so the model can get out of it. The dress had to have strips of fleece glued to the inside because the edges of the wires were very sharp and were poking my model!

All in all I'm pretty happy with how it came out. There are some things I could like to do differently to make it cleaner and more sturdy, but I'll probably never do it!

Onto the photos!!

In progress!

As a bonus you can see the Recycled Runway Show on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG7AWEakvBQ and see the dress in action around the 45:50 mark!

Thanks for looking!!
« Last Edit: February 25, 2012 02:47:37 PM by Chibirinoa » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012 02:54:19 PM »

coooool!  This is great!  Love the geometry of it, the way the blue wire shines, and the way the hinges look like frogs.  "rocks!"

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012 03:31:57 PM »

wow- this is so, so awesome!
It is such a striking garment, and I love the way it opens up  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012 03:41:40 PM »

wow!  Looks amazing!


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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012 03:50:37 PM »


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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012 01:44:37 AM »

Wow, truly awesome, can't imagine how many hours work went into this creation!
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2012 02:36:25 AM »

Wow, what a unique creation! And all the work that went into it.... I love the shape and the colors and the hinges are just right. Fabulous! Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2012 08:50:53 AM »

Wow awesome! I love the hinges. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2012 07:04:13 AM »

This is really brilliant. Too much "recycled" fashion has a makeshift, thrown-together look, and I love that your dress is so slick and, well, fashionable! Like everyone, I especially like the hinges and catches. I hope we get to see more of your designs!


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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012 03:54:21 PM »

Agreed, Wulf. Not ANOTHER plain newspaper dress, not ANOTHER plain garbage bag dress. They look better when the design is more complicated, anyways! And this looks very complicated to make and wear. Love the braided back panel.

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