Ladies, stop aimlessly walking through your local mall, looking for the perfect dress. You’ll never find anything completely unique that way. Instead, check out what artist Robin Barcus Slonina is creating these days. They’re truly the one of a kind additions to your wardrobe that will turn heads… and have them giving you all the attention you know you want.
Hopefully you don’t mind that you’ll be wearing a dress made out of garbage.
Making dresses from any materials she can find, Slonina uses things like bin bags, poker chips, and pine cones to create sculpture dresses for a number of dress series.
Perhaps because she runs a body painting and event company in Las Vegas, Slonina certainly has a certain taste for the dramatic that will even turn heads in Sin City.
Of the dresses she’s made, one of the more interesting includes “99¢ Only Store,” a series of dresses made of items purchased at dollar stores.
“I love every dress, and each one holds precious memories of the place it was created and the volunteers who became a part of the experience.”
When asked what her most labor-intensive design was, there was no question in her mind. It was the 8 foot tall pine cone dress.
“It took six weeks to gather and clean the sap off the cones, then meticulously attach them to a wire form I constructed in the shape of a dress.”
“I have always simply liked the shape of the dress as an abstract form, and I think it is interesting that it has come to represent the female in our culture.”
Slonina says that the most special dress was the corn dress in Minnesota because the farmer who donated the land and corn to the project died not long after it was completed.
She also says that dress projects are usually community affairs with a group of interested locals helping her create the large-scale dresses.
Fashion and design is all about pushing the envelope… and Robin seems to excel at that. Technically, her dresses aren’t for sale, but they are amazing inspiration for your own closet. To see more of Robin’s amazing work, check out her website. It’s truly amazing what she can do with basically junk. Share her work with others!
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