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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New dresses from old. 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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A mermaid dress for a college portfolio (and other things too). on: January 31, 2011 11:46:30 PM
Hi guys! A bit of backstory before the pictures.
I'm a senior in high school and I have been finishing up all of my college applications (which I may have procrastinated on a bit), and since I'm looking to study costume design, I had to send in a portfolio of around 10 recent works as well. I managed to pull about half from things I had made for various events- prom, halloween, anime conventions, etc, but I still had to come up with a few designs.
So without any further ado, here is my favorite dress, the Mermaid Dress, modeled by my lovely friend Lauren  Cheesy

Doesn't she look pretty?

Funny story, though. We took the pictures at this teeny tiny beach where no one ever goes, and as you can tell from the images, the top is a little awkward to put on. And of course, the one day we choose to go, paddlers show up. They gave us an awkward smile before leaving us to take our pictures.

And another dress I made, for good measure. This one was modeled by another dear friend of mine, Asia. The dress is what I imagine Belle's ballgown (from Beauty and the Beast Cheesy!) would look in the modern day.

You can see a little more detail of the dress itself here. The bust took foooooooorever to fit, but I promise it just looks wonky here XD

And the petticoat! That thing was a monstrosity to sew D: It was gathering after gathering after gathering of tulle.

And that's all for now, folks! I'll post up the rest of the dresses/outfits in the next few days (:
Have a good day!
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