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In 1888 actress Ellen Terry performed the role of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre while wearing an awesome green gown bedecked with the 1,000 sloughed-off wings of the jewel beetle. It quickly became one of the most celebrated costumes of the Victorian era, immortalized in a portrait painted by John Singer Sargent.

126 years is a long time and over the years Dame Terry’s dress experienced all sorts of wear and tear and numerous alterations. But after 1,300 hours of painstaking work over and £50,000 ($81,000) in expenses, this magnificent costume has been restored to its original glory.

Work began on the gown two years ago after a successful fundraising campaign, but restoring the beetle wings wasn’t the most difficult task. “We had collected the beetle wings that had fallen off over the years,” says Paul Meredith, house manager at Smallhythe Place, where the dress now resides, “so that the conservator was able to reattach many of the originals, plus others that had been donated to us—1,000 in total.” The restoration team patched the 100 or so broken wings using small pieces of Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste.

Click here to read more about the restoration process.

Photos by Zenzie Tinker

[via Morbid Anatomy and Ecouterre]

This incredibly awesome and wonderfully creepy Robotic Spider Dress is the result of a collaboration between Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht and Austrian software developer Daniel Schatzmayr. The dress features arachnoid legs mounted on the wearer’s shoulders that move whenever the dress senses nearby movement. 

Schatzmayr’s obsession with hacking hexapods, along with Wipprecht’s established ability to craft fashions that defy convention resulted in this nightmarish hybrid reminiscent of the Borg Queen’s unsettling robot spine host body. As a Halloween costume, the Robotic Spider Dress would win every time, but as a piece of fashion, it might actually be an early look at practical robotics-enhanced garments.”

[via DVICE]

Source dvice.com

Japanese artist Rie Hosokai of Daisy Balloon creates awesome dresses using balloons. Her latest pieces were constructed as part of ‘Piece for Peace’ - a charity art exhibition at Parco Gallery in Tokyo that runs until January 9, 2013.

Photos by Satoshi Minakawa and Hiroshi Manaka respectively

[via Design Boom]

This is Widow, a stunning gown created by Susie MacMurray

The dress is made of black Napa leather and more than 94 pounds of adamantine dressmaker pins (approximately 100,000). While you cannot actually wear it, you can view the dress at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Power of Making exhibition in London through January 2, 2012.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Legendary English designer Thelma Madine and Voodou Salons teamed up to create this incredibly awesome, one-of-a-kind wedding dress made out of human hair:

"The unique hair wedding dress was created from 250 meters [820 feet] of hair extensions, tens of thousands of individual hair wefts and different pieces of hair, 1,500 crystals and 12 underskirts. A team of eight people put in around 300 hours of work, over a period of 12 days, to complete the dress, but all the effort paid off when their creation was finally finished. “This was a chance for us to show our creatively and originality and it’s a fantastic feeling to see the finished product. It’s fair to say we’ll probably not see another dress like it for a very long time,” Ryan Edwards said. The hair wedding dress weighs just over 75 kilograms [165 pounds] and is a size six."

[via Oddity Central and Luxury Launches]