Monday, April 13, 2009

Recycled Elements

It's been awhile, but mainly because I haven't made much lately...

In my costuming class we did a draping project awhile ago, where I ended up making a pattern for an 1889 visiting dress. As we just made a pattern, I didn't think the draping pictures were too interesting. However, we just finished our Recycled Elements project in which we had to make a garment out of any recycled material that wasn't fabric. It was very much like Project Runway, except we had more time, and the crap people in our class are still "in"...so I get to finish the class.

Anyway, I made a 60's inspired dress out of cardboard because 1) I think it is my favorite fashion period and 2) I had a large box from a desk I had just gotten. I was also inspired by the 1943 Guide to Hiring Women (yes, I know it a different decade, but it reminded me of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alla "A secretary is not a toy, no my boy, not a toy."). The hope was to make a statement on how women were stuck into the profession as a secretary during that time (if any profession), and were "boxed in" behind the desk. So here is some of it (I had a dreadful time with the back, so that part is not featured), and it can actually be worn...I have done it...




That thing on top is supposed to be a hat...

This also had a chance to be in an Earth Day fashion show, but I have yet to find a model who would want to wear it, and I am not sure anyone would really care to see this walk down a catwalk.

Also, I was bored one night during another run of wardrobe crew and I made a creature and ending up giving it to my boss the costume shop manager (no pictures). My costume professor saw it the next day and almost demanded that she buy one from me. I told her that I would make her one for free, and once I gave it too here, she squealed for a good 2.27 minutes. A job well done.