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« on: November 18, 2005 04:27:02 PM »

Last summer, I spent 6 weeks in Providence, Rhode Island at Rhode Island School of Design enrolled in their summer program. There, I majored in fashion design. Our final project was to create a garment of clothing out of found materials. The final garment would be modeled at the student showcase fashion show at the end of the program. People made their outfits out of everything you could possibly imagine: pipe cleaners, soda cans, bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, vinyl records, table-cloths, Starbucks cups, leaves, orange peels, razor blades, potato sacks, rubber gloves, beads, etc...I chose to make mine out of duck tape and trashbags. I faced a few difficulties when making my outfit at first. Though I liked the elasticity of the black garbage bags, the material was thin and flimsy. After much experimentation with the capabilities of my materials, I finally had a breakthrough: knitting with trashbags. This would allow flexibility and durability. I cut the garbage bags into 2 inch strips, knotting the ends together to create a sort of trash bag yarn. Since I didn't bring my knitting needles with me, I used two sharpened pencils. After a few mistakes, I finally created a sort of bikini top solely out of knitted trashbags. The middle portion is strips of woven ducktape and the bottom portion is trash bags again, only billowed rather than knitted. I stuck duck tape bows randomly to the billowed part of the dress (although you can't see them very well).

I brought the dress home with me to California and recently wore it to my senior homecoming. Though it got a little hot and sweaty, I certainly looked unique  Cheesy

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myself, wearing the dress a few days before the fashion show


my model, Solange, wearing the dress the evening of the fashion show


the night of my homecoming, also the night before halloween, which explains Cinderella and Prince Charming
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2005 05:37:09 PM »

That is really beautiful.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2005 07:06:35 PM »

Great job! Very unique!
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2005 07:37:51 PM »

that is one of the prettiest dresses i've ever seen. and it's made out of trashbags! how odd.... lol. great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2005 07:42:42 PM »

FANTASTIC!!!!!! Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2005 08:40:51 PM »

thats awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2005 10:40:27 PM »

holy crap - that's great!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2005 11:03:40 PM »

thats truely amzing...i wish i could make dresses like that...
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2005 02:08:34 AM »

That dress is pretty hot!  I likey.
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2005 02:19:22 AM »

stunning dress! wow...
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