Thursday, April 30, 2009

Behind The Scenes DIY: Helle's Hand Painted Dress

Wearing our Helle Mardahl hand painted dresses and stuffed bracelets at the opening last night.

Before Helle Mardahl's gallery opening last night, we were all slightly in a panic, because the amazing Henrik Vibskov suits that Helle had originally ordered for us to wear were way too large. While we were quite disappointed that we didn't get to wear of the amazing Vibskov pieces that the rest of the staff were dressed in, we ended up getting something much better---Helle took the time to design matching outfits for each of us.

The process is actually really simple, and would make for a great DIY. She simply used black permanent marker to draw a picture based on one of her paintings on top of a store bought American Apparel dress, while we were wearing them. It's such a simple, easy to execute idea, I'm sure we will be drawing on many garments in the next few months! In addition, Helle and her stylist, Jesper, made us bracelets from the stuffed soft scraps that Helle uses to make many of her sculptures. While we got to keep the dresses, we unfortunately had to give back the bracelets for Helle to reuse, but trust us, it's such a good idea that Jesper suggested we do it ourselves, and we will probably try!

Frankly, this is probably one of the most treasured items in my wardrobe now, and I'm torn between wearing it out a million times, or hanging it on my wall and never touching it again for fear of ruining it.  I love Helle's work, and hopefully I can actually save up enough money to buy a real piece!  Anyway, I will be posting more pictures from the actual event later this afternoon, but here's how our outfits came together.

Helle based the design on the front of the dress on her painting, The Turbaned Bitch.

Helle drawing on my dress while looking at her painting.

Helle's assistant Isabel drew Christina's dress, also following Helle's painting.

Nicollette putting on makeup backstage.

Christina's dress and stuffed bracelet.

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Alicia/InstantVintage said... cool. I wouldn't know what next to do with it either.

Winnie said...

You girls are so awesome. Must have been quite an odd experience to have someone draw on you too!

La Chauve-Souris said...

sick sick sick!!! are you using some special marquers for cloth? or the normal ones?


The Six Six Sick Girls said...

La Chauve-Souris-

I think Helle used I mix of fabric markers and regular sharpie markers. We are thinking of going over the design with screenprinting paint to make sure it lasts!


Cruz said...

These are so cool! I love hand painted anything on clothes really, so creative and it's pretty much one of a kind.

Liz! said...

Very cool project.

May Kasahara said...

freaking amazing.