Boy’s fish skin costume

Wenfeng You, a Hezhe woman, made this outfit for her grandson using 25 salmon, which were caught by family members. She scraped, dried and worked the skins to make them light and soft as cotton, yet durable, waterproof and cold-resistant. She pieced them together in accordance with the colour and scale patterns of the fish.

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If you were to wear clothes made from a food you eat, which food would you choose and how would you wear it?

responded: Jan 24, 2012

Posted by Danielle Barich

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When reflecting on diet in relation to fashion and textiles, the first image that may come to mind is Lady Gaga and her infamous meat dress. This outrageous fashion statement has not been the first to experiment with Food for Fashion. Throughout history, many tribes and cultures like the Hezhe have used food or the skin from their food to create garments key to their survival. Today food and fashion has become a creative outlet and display of art. When analyzing my personal diet there are many foods that come to mind. Chocolate is delicious, but would surely melt. Like the Hezhe people, fish would have a python-look to it and would follow current trends, however smelling like a fish is not generally ideal. After much searching through my cupboards and fridge, I came across my favourite snack food, Licorice, the perfect food for high fashion garments. Not only is licorice a fantastic red colour, it is also mouldable, twistable and has a sweet scent. This tasty sweet can be used to create an array of garments and accessories, such as a twisted necklace, fabricated by twisting many strands together and tying the ends together. A dress can be made with layers of the longer string licorice woven together and wrapped around the body with a couple strands as straps. Another great fashion perk to licorice is it is melt free and opaque so you can be sweet as sugar without melting in the heat. From cupboards to closets, licorice is the perfect treat for sweet and sexy fashion.

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