Monday, November 8, 2010

A New Way of Dressing

I've come across some interesting designers in the last couple of months.  Food as fashion?  Pine cones as fashion?  Sounds strange and yet...there's something altogether interesting and beautiful in the final product.

Robin Barcus Slonina started States of Dress a few years ago.  By browsing her blog, you'll see about 7 different states and her interpretation of its dress.  From garbage bags for New York to a red dress (fashioned from red dresses bought at resale shops) for Illinois, the resulting photographs are mesmerizing.  Robin's blog includes her design process and the photo shoots, where she serves as the model.

Doesn't this get you thinking about the type of dress your state would have?  I'm not familiar enough with Tennessean type things to guess.  A dress made up of Hot Chicken, which Nashville is supposedly known for?  I don't think it would have the same effect.

Ted Sabarese, a photographer, brilliantly shot "Hunger Pains." Models were adorned with the foods they most craved. Apparently, it only took 16 hours to cook and create these outfits.  I would have thought it would take longer.  Food would not seem to be the heartiest of materials to work with.

 My two favorites:
 All made of bread, right down to the chic clutch.  
If I had participated in this project, it would have been a toss-up between bread and chocolate.

This artichoke heart dress was designed by Project Runway alum Daniel Feld and Wesley Nault.
Can you imagine standing for 6 hours while each leaf was sewn on?  Talk about dedication.

What do you think of these outside-the-box designs?  What type of dress would you like to have?

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