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August 16, 2012  | by: Jasmine Roscoe
Dresses made from Newspapers

Dresses made from newspapers

It was just a few years ago when dresses made out of Duct Tape seemed like a radical idea. Now, Duck Brand hosts an annual contest for young designers to tape outside of the box. They aren’t the only ones getting creative: Artists and designers around the world are creating dresses out of any and every material possible. Check out these unusual materials that make fashion gold. These dresses will make you want to raid the recycling bin!

Ida-Marie Corell's Ikea Dress

Ida-Marie Corell's Ikea Dress

British artist Ida-Marie Corell shopped Ikea for her dress inspiration. But it wasn’t the build-at-home furniture that caught her eye. Corell’s “ID(E)A dress” was constructed from 555 blue Ikea bags. Her innovative design may not exactly be identified as “couture,” but it definitely makes a statement.

Elena Gregusova: "Wear The News"

Elena Gregusova: "Wear The News"

One designer who does make the couture cut is Elena Gregusova. The Canadian designer’s dress may not be made from ordinary material, but the design is extraordinary. Her “Wear the News” collection features incredibly designed garments made from newspapers. The best feature of these dresses are the sculpted accents. One dress even includes a ruffle, which seems nearly impossible to create from such a rigid material.

Nancy Judd: Junk Mail Fan Dress

Nancy Judd: Junk Mail Fan Dress

Nancy Judd’s “Eco-trash Couture” proves that junk mail does serve a purpose. Catalogues, mail flyers and newspaper ads were folded into a fan to create a Spanish style dress. Judd runs a website called “Recycle Runway” that features a plethora of fashion garments made from what we consider trash. The established designer and Eco-activist was honored in 2011 with a permanent placement in the Smithsonian.

What other materials do you think would make an unforgettable fashion statement?

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