Everyone come along to Dumpster Design Fashion Show where we will be showcasing many brand new Dumpster Couture pieces along with the Dumpster Apparel ready to wear range. 10th November at Highlight in Gunwarf Quays, Portsmouth. Tickets available from here... http://www.thehighlight.co.uk/event/dumpster-couture-fashion-variety-show
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Friday, 4 November 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
I started off this dress by cutting and tightly pleating around one hundred magazine pages. I then layered and sewed them all onto a basic skirt block i had made in plain canvas. The top half is formed from lots of newspaper cones i made and fastened together. Also added extra detail in the back of the top with large pleated panels reaching to the collar.
This dress was inspired by the seven main story lines in literature, with each section representing a different one. Alot of GCSE maths skills and compus points came into play when trying to work out the flare of each section on the dress.
The bottom of this dress is formed from layers of corrugated newspaper with lace entwined. With a voluminous bustle at the back and angular edges at the front. The top half is a magazine crop corset which i sculpted out of card and paper, tied at the back with a ribbon.
i was given an unwanted table cloth from a royal navy event so decided to make a dress out of actual material for once. i made layer upon layer of scalloped skirt blocks, with netting stitched inbetween to give the skirt volume and texture. then matched this with an open back bodice.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Sunday, 17 July 2011
So a friend of mine runs a club night in manchester and had alot of flyers left spare. So he sent them my way in hope that i could put them to better use than going to the bin men. And here is what i created... i have used a mixture of pleating and layering (as you can see in the second to last picture) as well as making stiff 3d triangular prisms. i love the structure of this dress and the angular silhouette.
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
So back to using unconventional materials. i had millions of train tickets clogging up my purse, and instead of just throwing them away, i wanted to use them productively. so i proceeded to make a dress... it has a paper mache bodice with a sweetheart neckline and then layers of thousands of train tickets sewed together in strips for the bottom half. its then laced up the back with lengths of thread knotted together.
Here is a dress i have made from...wait for it...material! yes, actual material. However thats about as far as the normality of this dress goes. I have made it from blue silk, tearing and shredding individual strips to create hundreds of loops. i layered the material using both sides, giving it amazing texture with the contrasting shinny and matt side. i made a seperate neck piece which falls into an open back design secured with a tie. This was for a fashion show and it looked great coming down the catwalk, alothough alot of tit tape was needed!
Edible clothing... i cant think of anything better. its clear that my designs have an element of impracticability, but i like it that way. Fashions more fun when your worried it may disintegrate off you at any moment. So this is my yummy white shirt. I made it out of rice paper and used polos for buttons. Doing the photoshoot was amusing, i covered my best friend in chocolate sauce and sprinkles and told her to look delicious.
This is another dress i have made useing airfix as my main inspiration. In the pictures the material looks like paper but its actually made from a thick white felt. Ive been experementing with shape and structure and am really happy with the outcome. Each individual piece is cut in the shape of an airfix component, which made this an extreemly time consuming project! (Also made a matching headpiece)