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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reality Shock Fashion Believe it or Not

Ripley's Believe it or not fashion
Thought you might be interested in some funky fashion stories from Reality Shock!the new book from Ripley's Believe It or Not! The book is an annual collection of fun, freaky and unbelievable-but-totally-true stories from around the world. 

Fashion stories include:

Trash Fashion - pg 152 - Ripley's staged a "Trashy Fashion Show" in March 2012 with the entrants creating imaginative dresses from discarded items such as magazines, bottle caps, grocery bags, paper cups, trading cards, snack wrappers and even an old shower curtain. All three winning designs were acquired for display at its Ripley's Odditorium in St. Augustine, Florida.

Roadkill Fashion - pg 137- Fashion designer Jess Eaton from Brighton, England, created a range of wedding clothes from roadkill, including a bridal cape made from swans' feathers. She also made a necklace out of human bones after sourcing a ribcage from a university medical department.

Expensive clothes - pg 136 - U.S. designer Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds created a bikini that used 150 carats of flawless diamonds set in platinum and had no fabric. Tiger Woods was rumored to have it in 2010. Price $30 million.

Hair Coat - pg 128 - British firm Arla commissioned the creation of a coat made entirely from men's chest hair. It took designers 200 hours to weave together about one million strands of hair. The limited-edition coat went on sale for $4,000.

Rose Petal Dress - pg 148 - Xiao Fan arranged for 9,999 roses to be made into a flowing gown before making a Valentine's Day proposal to girlfriend Yin Mi at the Guangzhou, China, amusement park where they had first met three years earlier. The gown had a 5-ft-long train made from individually stitched blooms. The number of roses used to make the dress was also symbolic, as the number nine in Chinese culture represents "forever". You are welcome to use any/all of these stories.

Reality Shock! is available through all major book sellers. 

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