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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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    Jan 16, 2012, 05.57 AMby smallone

    oh my….how much talent you have!….this is embodies sculpture, and couture ( not to mention patience) and just freeking amazing all at once!! Grand prize is all yours IMHO.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 03.18 AMby mollykatherine

    That dress is simply AMAZING! i’m gob smacked! I can’t even begin to imagine how you did that! I hope you win, you certainly deserve too!! best of luck!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 10.24 PMby ashchaser

    There is no way this dress will not win on the national level. You have shown such an immense amount of skill by making this, prodigy I say!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.54 PMby melonhead

    It won a regional Gold Key!!! :D …now I have to wait until March to see if it wins a national gold key…oh goodness now I’m really nervous!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 02.35 PMby Jodi Wade

      Congrats :)

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      Jan 15, 2012, 10.30 PMby poppykettle

      Nice work :)

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      Jan 18, 2012, 09.00 AMby blmfld

      fantastic work!!!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 06.34 AMby leahfranqui

    This is magnificent. Good luck!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 03.06 AMby sewsweetviolets

    Amazing! Really beautiful and well done!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 10.34 PMby janene

    I really don’t think luck has any part to play. This is genius and pure talent and will be a winner for sure :-)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 10.27 PMby LéonaDy

    OH MY GOD! That’s all I have to say.

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    Jan 14, 2012, 05.15 PMby G-A-

    Absolutely stunning, I’m sure you’ll get in. Good luck!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 04.05 PMby infinite-plus-one

    this is amazing! (:

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    Jan 14, 2012, 03.37 PMby applesofavalon

    What an ingenious dress! I totally thought it was made of fabric before I saw the title. Well done!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 03.20 PMby strawberryorange

    this is truly beautiful, I LOVE it! and yeah, totally wear it to prom :)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 02.35 PMby Petitemess

    This dress is amazing! I would love to make something like this, but I don’t think I have the patience. It’s so beautiful. I hope you win. Good luck!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 02.26 PMby RenaissanceBombshell

    Wow. Wow. Wow. (and just looked at all your other projects too – Wow.)

    Can’t imagine that you won’t win.

    I can see your future girl. There’s a couple of little towns that you are gonna OWN! NYC, Paris, Milano…..

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    Jan 14, 2012, 01.25 PMby melonhead

    Thank you everyone for such kind words! I’ll let you know how it goes on Sunday when I find out…ahhhhhh I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight, I’m so nervous!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 01.19 PMby peaches2218

    Utterly stunning. The texture of the varying tape directions is subtle but noteworthy, and I bet the shape of the dress and all those lines would be super flattering on a real body. Great job!

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      Jan 14, 2012, 01.25 PMby melonhead

      Thank you!!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 01.17 PMby lizah

    WOW!! this is so beautiful! great great job!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 09.16 AMby libra-s

    Absolutely fab!!!! Hope you win!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 07.47 AMby ghainskom

    Awsome! Let us know how it went!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 07.46 AMby wardrobe-cat

    Firstly… I have been rendered speechless by your efforts. This is amazing. Stunning. I will be astounded if you don’t win. I can only begin to wrap my head around the enormity of the maths etc involved!

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      Jan 14, 2012, 01.26 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you for such kind words!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 01.55 AMby wardrobe-cat

      You deserve it. It is truly astonishing. Good luck.

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    Jan 14, 2012, 07.40 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is AMAZING! i never have seen something like that! congrats and you have to win!!!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 07.23 AMby laikadoll

    You have to win! This is great! :)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 06.41 AMby mwelland

    Oh wow this is incredible!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 05.49 AMby Swirlz1

    Oh yeah, you got that competition in the bag, that is amazing!!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 05.33 AMby danyka

    Absolutely amazing! What an amazing transformation of material. now its lime to make it in bias-cut silk organza and sell it for tens of thousands!

    Congratulations, all the best with the competition.

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      Jan 14, 2012, 01.29 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! I would actually really love to make this in a fabric version although I’d do things a little different to the design next time around. Maybe I will this summer once school is out :)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 03.54 AMby poppykettle

    I’m just loving the texture the use of tape on this gives – especially what you’ve done across the bust! So you say it’s wearable – but will you wear it? :P Quite a stunning creation!

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      Jan 14, 2012, 01.32 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! Haha yes I would totally wear it! Sadly I didn’t have time to take pictures of someone wearing it…I finished it 12 hours before the deadline. Opps. Haha, but if it doesn’t make it in the competition I’m totally wearing this thing to prom! :)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 02.18 AMby kanamithedreamer

    This is totally amazing! I can’t believe that was made entirely out of masking tape. Good luck! I’m sure everything will turn out well :)

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    Jan 14, 2012, 02.09 AMby patti-r

    Totally Awesome!!! Wishing you the best of luck!!!!

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