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Masking Tape Dress

Added Jan 14, 2012

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






I made this dress for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. It’s made completely out of masking tape and let me just tell you that it was a bit of a sticky situation (haha pardon the pun, but I just couldn’t help myself). I was inspired by architecture and an empty butterfly chrysalis.

I first constructed the underneath by using a stiff interfacing. Next I had to add a couple of layers of masking tape on top of that in order to get the length where I wanted it. Then I started adding, one by one, layers of masking tape starting from the bottom. I used over 18 rolls of masking tape and over 80 hours went into making the dress. The dress is completely wearable. It has a zipper sewn in the back for getting in and out of.

I might have nightmares about wads of tape attacking me in my sleep, but I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. Haha. I just dropped it off for judging and I find out Sunday if it got in. Oh I’m so nervous! Wish me luck and I hope you like it :)

Material Notes

Masking tape, interfacing, paper, zipper, thraed




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Business, Grunge

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    Nov 25, 2014, 10.09 AMby MyRomanApartment

    Just once I’d like to wear a bridesmaid’s dress this awesome. A girl can dream….

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    Dec 10, 2012, 06.07 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    Absolutely beautiful. Fantastic!

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    Oct 4, 2012, 09.23 PMby Linda O.

    One word. Infact I can’t even find the word to describe ur work. U r indeed talented. Nice piece dear

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    May 10, 2012, 03.06 AMby Carol Miller

    I saw your dress in March at the modern art museum in Fort Wayne. I circled around it for about 10 minutes…It was fabulous! Congratulations!!

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      May 16, 2012, 03.31 AMby melonhead

      No way you saw it? :D Cool! It’s nice to know of a Burdastyle member who lives around me. Thank you for the kind words!

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    Apr 27, 2012, 05.34 AMby shkava

    Thank you! I am so inspired by this dress, and happy that is has been recognized! It’s gorgeous, genius and so competent. Nice!

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    Apr 25, 2012, 08.17 PMby Sue-Anne Walker

    Love it can’t wait to see if you win!

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    Apr 25, 2012, 08.34 AMby nekky

    U are Talented, this is cute.

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    Apr 24, 2012, 05.43 PMby zeynepcelik

    Its very different.:]

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    Apr 24, 2012, 01.47 AMby Helen Anna

    This is amazing!! I love that it is inspired by an empty chrysalis, I totally get that feeling.

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    Apr 24, 2012, 01.01 AMby Lisa Cody

    WOW simply amazing

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    Apr 23, 2012, 07.44 PMby sewsweetgal-1

    VERY Impressive!

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    Apr 23, 2012, 07.40 PMby j-stitch

    Truly this is the most beautiful dress I have ever seen let alone a dress made of tape! You are so talented, I am in awe!! Felicitations//Bon Courage!

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    Apr 23, 2012, 07.33 PMby crimsonseadragon

    Say yes to this dreSs

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    Apr 23, 2012, 07.33 PMby crimsonseadragon

    Say yes to this dreSs

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    Apr 18, 2012, 02.34 PMby stephaniecake

    this is gorgeous! It would be a lovely dress made from any material but the unique textures the masking tape creates is stunning. Congrats on your award – I think it was well deserved!!!!

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    Apr 18, 2012, 07.19 AMby chillwear

    Simply amazing!

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    Apr 18, 2012, 02.38 AMby monaverdour

    Love it. I would wear that for sure!

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    Mar 23, 2012, 04.23 AMby auntchelle

    A beautiful creation by someone with lots of talent. I really don’t think ‘novice’ applies any more!

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    Mar 23, 2012, 01.29 AMby faith

    stunning, simply stunning!!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 09.48 PMby MollyQuest

    I held my Breath, when I saw this!!!! STUNNING!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 08.48 PMby plookiss

    Wow this is amazing and really beautiful too.

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    Mar 22, 2012, 08.31 PMby erimenes

    This is genuinely beautiful. The detail is fantastic, especially across the bust. I’m so so impressed! I hope you win the national prize!

    Also, a little selfishly, it’s exactly the design I want for my wedding dress! Do you have a pattern you used for the interfacing? I know it’s a simple design, but I’ve not been able to find something that fits exactly with what I want, which this dress totally does!

    Anyway, well done, and you deserve to win!

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      Mar 26, 2012, 03.13 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you! I actually found out last week that it did win a national gold medal :) I have no clue how I’m going to ship the dress to New York though!! haha

      Awh I wish that I could help you out, but I actually can’t find where the pattern went too :/ I need to clean my room more often! It’s a pretty simple dress though, when it comes to construction. All it is, is a basic corset bodice with a circle skirt. Hopefully that helps a little?

      Good luck with your wedding dress!!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 07.54 PMby Elina Bobina

    You are BRILLIANT! One of the most amazing creations I’ve seen. I wish you lived in San Francisco, you could wear it to the Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum. He would be impressed!

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      Mar 26, 2012, 03.07 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you! Ah I would love to live in San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to go to California!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 07.22 PMby Hazel Humphreys

    Oh my gosh. It’s truly breathtaking. You made a beautiful dress in and of itself. The fact that it’s made from masking tape serves to elevate it to an entirely different level.

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      Mar 26, 2012, 03.06 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you for such kind words!

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    Mar 22, 2012, 07.07 PMby Marina von Koenig

    It is stunning! Congratulations!

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    Jan 20, 2012, 07.13 AMby petramc

    Just stunning! Beautiful design and made with such eye for detail. Wonderful :)

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    Jan 19, 2012, 02.50 AMby lizajane09

    It is absolutely amazing! You deserve a gold key, definitely.

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    Jan 18, 2012, 03.50 AMby lepetithoot

    Wow, this is incredible! Congratulations!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 01.30 AMby Andrea Delesdernier

    This is really great! Great vision and incredible construction. I can’t believe its a practical dress.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 10.31 PMby samandsky

    This is lovely!!!

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