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Topic: Avant garde dress made from electrical and speaker wires  (Read 12697 times)
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Chibirinoa
« on: February 25, 2012 02:45:40 PM »

Hey!

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!

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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!!
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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!"
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« 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
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« 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 »

Incredible!
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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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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2012 07:21:18 PM »

Fabulous!
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2012 09:56:07 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!

I fully agree. The blue wires are so meticulously shaped, they really do look like some sort of amazing fabric. I've been looking at some of your other projects, Chibirinoa, and they are all completely incredible. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2012 04:14:39 PM »

As an electrical/mechanical engineer, I am impressed! That's more wire than I've used in the past year! And I love shopping for the used stuff at Habitat's stores, too. That's recycled to the max. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. I've been recycling fashion for years, but this is the most creative I've seen. Where do you plug it in?
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012 08:45:09 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012 08:51:50 AM »

Well, I wouldn't want to sit in this dress lol, but it is absolutely amazing.
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2012 08:17:19 AM »

I think that at some point people are going to know your name on a much larger level. Very, very cool!
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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2012 06:39:37 PM »

The texture is just lovely
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2012 07:01:31 AM »

Fantastic! I will have to watch those clips online...
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2012 03:16:09 PM »

This is AMAZING! I watched the whole of the video right until the awards... Where the hell was yours?! Yours was the best by FAR i was so upset you didn't win.. They obviously just chose their favourites or don't appreciate true skills and insight!
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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2012 07:55:02 AM »

truly amazing, a work of art!
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2012 01:41:48 PM »

This looks amazing, it almost inspires me to finish all of my alternate material dresses that I started back in high school
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2012 06:59:30 PM »

Now that's the way to do it Wink
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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2013 03:35:51 PM »

Congratulations!! This was an amazing work of art. I'm happy to see it recognized!!
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This looks amazing!! Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2013 03:26:28 PM »

amazing ! great job
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« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2013 11:52:20 AM »

wow!  that looks amazing!  i love the braided panel too.  at first glance, i thought it was twine lol 
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