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Non-Textile Project

Added Aug 27, 2009

by marloncosta

Boston, Massachu...






This dress is a non-textile project I made for school. The project was to find any kind of material (except fabric) and make a garment out of it. It was veeeeery chalenging! It took me several days and hours to get it completed. I made a dress in muslin to serve as a base and constructed the non-textile pieces on top of it. I hand stiched almost everything, even the side ziper (It was painful getting a needle through several layers of plastic, muslind and screeing!!!). The materials are windows screen, plastic bags and plastic table cover. The top was all covered in about 400 petal shaped pieces of windows screening and trash bag. I added a head piece to complete the look for the fashion show at school. I posted a video of the show on YOUTUBE " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv0VtVjiVeU " . It is interesting to see the other students projects as well.

Material Notes

Windows screening, plastic bag and plastic table cover.( plus muslin for the base/lining)




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    May 6, 2012, 08.21 PMby Adriana Orozco

    My dear Marlon, my jaw just droped as I looked at this magnificent dress!!!! magnificient in many different ways…..and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. God gave you a special talent, that you are using in a wonderfull way…….also, to enable us to look a your work, and smile feeling proud of you!!!! much love….all the way from the rainforest!!

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    Jun 29, 2011, 01.24 AMby nehozack

    until i read the description, I wouldn’t of thought it was made with household items – its amazing!

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    Mar 6, 2011, 11.12 PMby heyhogwarts

    And you thought my corset was good? Speak for yourself.

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    Feb 20, 2011, 04.27 PMby fashionista2407

    Wow, considering the materials this is too much of greatness!! Project runway, here you come =)

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      Feb 20, 2011, 07.38 PMby marloncosta

      Thank you Fashionista2407! I really appreciate ur comment!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 08.55 AMby janene

    Oh my…. this is sooo beautiful! Love Love Love!

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    Aug 19, 2010, 09.32 AMby elayne0

    Could you please post a tutorial on how you made the roses?

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      Aug 20, 2010, 12.39 AMby marloncosta

      hi! Thank you for the comment. Very kind of you!
      It was easy making those roses considering I followed my instincts without following any instructions. I just cut large bands of material and folded them in a half; after that I just started bunching and twisting that rectangle piece of material and hand tucked it to hold the shape as I worked on it. It is quite simple, it only takes patience.
      I don`t know how helpful that was but let me know!
      God bless!

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    Aug 19, 2010, 09.30 AMby elayne0

    Magnifique! you are extremely talented. I thing i have an idea for a fabric dress inspired by yours.

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      Aug 22, 2010, 05.40 AMby elayne0

      Thanks. I’ll try it and see how it pans out.

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    Aug 4, 2010, 03.52 AMby ninaribena

    Oh wow. How breathtaking! This is such a beautiful result from unconventional materials. Love your creative mind!

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      Aug 4, 2010, 09.24 AMby marloncosta

      thank you! That`s really kind of you to say that!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 03.16 AMby gedwoods

    Very interesting project. I noticed on the youtube video that your work was almost the only one with a bright color palette – everything else was either white/gold/yellowish/beige or brown/black – not sure why. Yours stood out from the crowd!

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    Jun 6, 2010, 09.13 PMby milkyway

    OMGGGGGGGGG this is gorgeous!! love flowers!!!1 love the color!!! just amazing!!!

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    Jun 6, 2010, 05.21 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Your creativity shines in the creation! Especially love the over-sized flowers. Fabulous!

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    Apr 4, 2010, 02.56 AMby nuiwida23

    This is gorgeous! It’s impressive that you made a dress that works in non-textile materials or fabric. Well done!

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      Apr 4, 2010, 02.23 PMby marloncosta

      Thank you for your comment!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 09.56 AMby tanyaaa

    Looks fantastic! =]

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    Sep 12, 2009, 04.00 PMby damianadesigns

    Fabu. Love love love. You are such an artiste, glad you found your medium :).

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      Sep 12, 2009, 04.19 PMby marloncosta

      Thank you for your kind comments!

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    Sep 2, 2009, 02.16 AMby lynaldine

    good project ! your dress is really well done

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    Aug 29, 2009, 07.12 PMby dreaminginlilies

    This is really cool! I would love to see a textile version of this dress:)

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    Aug 28, 2009, 08.20 PMby greatrondine


    I never would have guessed is not material

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    Aug 28, 2009, 10.03 AMby missb3

    absolutely stunning! I can imagine that it was hard to hand sew everything, but the result turned out very very well!

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    Aug 28, 2009, 09.56 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous! It is totally wearable, and judging from photos, I would have never guessed those were window screens and plastics. BRAVO!

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    Aug 28, 2009, 03.46 AMby timeatalian

    WOW! Amazing job!

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    Aug 28, 2009, 03.22 AMby lunatepetal

    whoa gorgeous dress made out of non-fabric materials! great work!!

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    Aug 28, 2009, 01.03 AMby judeb

    very creative

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    Aug 28, 2009, 12.59 AMby hstorm799

    You are kidding!!! I never would have guessed the materials. This is a gorgeous dress! You are very talented; hope you got an A.

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    Aug 28, 2009, 12.42 AMby ink

    Delish. Like a tangy sangria! Very beautiful, well sewn and gorgeous use of materials!

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      Aug 28, 2009, 01.00 AMby marloncosta

      Tangy sangria! That would have been a great name for that dress!!! Well thought!!!

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