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Horace the Monster Dress

Added Jan 31, 2011

by emmalouska

Minneapolis, Uni...






I made this dress for my independent art class. The idea had been floating around in my head for a while, and I just finally got around to making it. It took for ever to make. The project was supposed to last about 3 weeks and it took about 5, working usually three hours a weekday plus four hours on weekends. I had to cut some corners near the end.

The eyes are made of sticky back foam that I just stuck onto the dress and the glitter I just did over fabic paint, but the eyelashes are from a plastic paintbrush I picked up at Axman Surplus that I cut and hot glued together. That took a lot of trimming to get just right.

The belt is detachable. It was this vintage belt I picked up at a rummage sale (my family’s church has the biggest annual rummage sale in MN, if not the nation). I cut teeth out of the same foam as the eyes and stuck them on, but they kept falling off whenever anyone brushed by them. I eventually just hot glued them on.

The nose is from a fuzzy sweatshirt we got my sister from Ragstock when she had the flu and was miserable. It’s very soft but quite ridiculous-looking so I didn’t think she would mind if I cut a pocket off and used it. She did. Oh well.

Let’s see… oh, all the fringe I hot-glued on because I was short on time and also not about to handsew all of that. I did sew on the ruffles. It’s supposed to be a little rough around the edges because he is a monster, after all.

Oh and I totally won an award for it. I entered it in the MCAD-sponsored Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards competition and got a silver key (the awards, from lowest to highest: honorable mention, silver key, gold key, gold key and American Visions nominee). The last photo is it on display at MCAD with me in my giant puffy jacket. It’s literally the first thing you see when you walk in!

Material Notes

Red poly crepeback satin, Fuzzy yellow poly, Poly fringe, Craft foam, Black fabric paint, Glitter, Plastic paintbrush bristles, Vintage belt, Zipper, Vintage cufflink (zipper pull)




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other, Punk, Rock
Other, Satin

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    Jun 10, 2011, 04.21 PMby calafia110

    I love it! I would totally love to rock this outfit. I hope you wore it?

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    May 24, 2011, 11.39 PMby obriieane

    ha! I love it! Nice job!

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    Feb 6, 2011, 10.07 PMby missycas17

    Cute, love it!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 04.38 AMby emmalouska

    These comments make me smile so wide I think I may pull something. :D

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    Feb 1, 2011, 10.04 PMby leonx

    best dress i have seen sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unique i think it couldnt of been better AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jan 31, 2011, 04.28 PMby stuffit-1

    Oh my, will horace eat the one who wears it? I hope not, horace is soo cute! ;)

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    Jan 31, 2011, 02.24 PMby Daniel Parker

    Oh now this is darling!!! I feel like katy perry would love this

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      Feb 17, 2011, 05.06 PMby notdeadredhead

      Agreed in full! :^D Maybe in her next music video?

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      Feb 17, 2011, 07.56 PMby emmalouska

      Haha, I can’t say she’s my favorite singer, but that would be kind of cool… :D

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    Jan 31, 2011, 10.24 AMby fashionfreek

    Lovely creative dress. Little fun creation. Well done!

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