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Top Ten Weirdest Dresses

Jun 02, 2009
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Memory of Beijing-Suitdress by Li Xiaofeng.

The Oddee website creates top-ten lists featuring topics ranging from the world’s strangest bugs to the most bizarre bodily functions. (The site is easy to get lost in and can become quite the procrastinator’s best friend, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Recently Oddee created another list of what they consider the top-ten weirdest dresses. This was actually a follow-up to their previous list of top-eleven weirdest dresses here.

These dresses prove that inspiration can spark anywhere from the kitchen to the woodshop. Here are a few highlights from their round-up:

Memory of Beijing-Suitdress by Li Xiaofeng

For more of Li Xiaofeng’s work, click here. The dress is made entirely from Blue and White Porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The pieces are sewn together using silver thread.


The Bubelle Dress by Philips


Just like the mood rings we all had as kids, the Bubelle Dress changes colors with your mood. The dress is made up of two layers: the inner layer contains biometric sensors that pick up a person’s emotions and projects them in colors onto the second layer.

The Bubelle dress was was designed by Philips and works by monitoring physical changes associated with different feelings. Emotions like stress, arousal, or fear affect the body’s temperature and sweat levels and these generate the light that changes the pattern and color on the dress.

To see the dress in action, check out these videos here and here.


The Video Dress by Hussein Chalayan

Video may have killed the radio star, but it appears to still be friends with the fashion world.

Innovative fashion designer Hussein Chalayan created these dresses that have an interlining of sorts housing 15,000 LED lights that portray videos. The videos used on the dresses were a time lapse of a rose opening and closing, in a spectacular display of color and light.

The dress made its debut at the Milan Design Fair and is now on display at the 10 Corso Como gallery in Milan, Italy.

To see the dress in all its glory, check out these videos here and here.


The Tax Form Dress by Britt Savage

Tax Form Dress

While most tax protestors this year were attending “tea parties,” Britt Savage  decided to make her feelings known in a different way–she cut up her tax forms, wove them together, and created a wearable work of art. The project started as a dress to wear on stage with her band and took her about a month to complete.


The Phonebook Dress by Jolis Paons

The phonebook Dress

Phonebook Dress

PhoneBook Dress


Phonebook Dress

This amazing dress was created by Jolis Paons using paper from phonebooks for Creative Process. Jolis doesn’t know how to sew, but loves fashion so she makes her creations in a different way. For her blog post on the dress, click here. She also made a dress using sticks and tulle that you can check out here.


The Birdcage Dress by Kasey McMahon

Birdcage Dress

Birdcage Dress

Birdcage Dress Detail

Birdcage Dress in Progress

Kasey McMahon built this dress with wire and many other out-of-the-ordinary materials. For more on the dress, visit her website here. Kasy also made a how-to tutorial on making the dress that you can find on Instructables here.


The Wooden Dress by Grace Johnston



This dress was made by Grace Johnston in Louisiana for the Uncommon Threads Wearable Art Fashion Show in Baton Rouge (and she won!) From the artist:

“The entire corset is made of laminated wood, and the skirt is made of bent wood. It’s held together with bolts, etc. and I made an under dress out of pantyhose.
The entire premise of this dress is that it can curtsy. All you do is pull on the rings on either side of the corset (you can vaguely see them) and the cables make the skirt rise up.”


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  1. User avater mlssfshn June 17th

    A on-line friend from, PrutsPrinses, saw my post and let me know his name is Hussein Chalayan. you can see his coffee table dress here from his collection in 2000.

  2. Viennasews June 17th

    Li Xiaofeng's art is creative, exquisite and whimsical.

  3. User avater ThreadKoe June 16th

    Utterly fascinating! Not only are these unique, but beautifully crafted. Truly an art form.

  4. User avater mlssfshn June 16th

    I can remember the designers name, there's a coffee table book on his work. I the late 90's he made a coffee table dress similar to the last one in the article, I'm wondering if he's her inspiration? He was also know for his chair slipcovers that turned into dresses. I personally have made a jacket out of bottle caps and want to make a dress eventually.

  5. creategreen June 16th

    These designs are fabulous. How do people come up with ideas like this, incredible. I wish I was half this creative.

  6. Rashida June 13th

    Li Xiaofeng's 'Memories of Beijing' suitdress is strongly reminiscent of the jade suits the Emperors were buried in...

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