1Dress made from pubic hair
Sarah Louise Bryan, a British fashion designer, wanted to do something outrageous to top Lady Gaga's famous meat dress. “What would be the worst thing you could have on your dress?” she asked herself aloud. Answer: lots and lots of pubic hair from strangers over social media. It took six months, gallons of sterilizing fluid, and hundreds of sticks of hot glue. She is hoping to get £10,000. Any takers?
2Wedding dress made out of flowers
Ok, you can breathe a sigh of relief as this dress is actually quite beautiful. In fact, you might want to breathe in, because the dress is made of fresh flowers. It was imagined by wedding photography company With Love and Embers and realized by Splints and Daisies. The bottom of the dress was made with spirea to give it structure, and also includes Russian sage.
3Wedding dress from divorce papers
It was meant to be an ironic joke, but it caught the fashion world by storm. Demi Barnes of West Sussex, England, decided she would make a wedding gown for a school project made entirely of divorce papers. Demi said it took her two days and 1,500 sheets to make the dress, folding and stapling them together through trial and error. When she took a picture and put it on Facebook to share with her cousin in Italy, the post went viral with 47,000 likes.
4Celebrity dress made of recycled bottles
Emma Watson showed up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala 2016 (otherwise known as the Met Ball) wearing a black and white gown made by Calvin Klein that had an unusual secret: it was made entirely of plastic bottles. It wasn't too confidential, however: the whole idea of the dress was to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.
5A beer dress...?!
Believe it or not, this fluffy little number was made from the same fermentation process used to make beer. The fabric is officially called Nanollose Microbial Cellulose and was a collaboration between scientist Gary Cass and visual artist Donna Franklin. The texture is very similar to cotton, and the pair hopes it will one day be a viable alternative to other less eco-friendly materials.
6Dress uses 795 vibrating pen nibs
Steven Tai and John Nussey created this shimmering dress a combination of art and technology. It's made of 795 pen nibs and uses the same motors that make cell phones vibrate. The result is a dress that mimics sequins or beads, but can be programmed to make unique patterns. To truly appreciate it, watch the video below.
7A dress with 24,000 LEDs
It's called the Galaxy Dress, and its designers, Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, state that it's the largest wearable display in the world. It was created with 24,000 paper-thin LEDs, 4,000 Swarovski crystals, and four layers of silk chiffon in 2009, and is powered by iPod batteries tucked into its crinoline skirt, which can run the lights for up to 30 minutes. This is another dress that must be seen in action to be truly appreciated. Check it out below.
8Prom dress made out of math assignments
Like many dresses on this list, there is a larger purpose for their creation. Erinne Paisley of Canada says she created her prom dress out of her pre-calculus notes to highlight the fact that many women can't achieve their dreams. She put the dress up for auction and donated all proceeds to the Malala Fund, started by Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai to help girls worldwide with their educational goals.
9Dresses made of fake fingernails
These dresses don't have any particular message except that they are unusual and cool. London design student Anna Goswami created these little numbers out of hundreds of fake plastic fingernails. Wow!
10Dress made of 254 American Express credit cards
Back in 1995, costume designer Lizzy Gardiner won the Academy Award for her work on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. One of her creations for the film was a dress made of 254 expired American Express Gold cards, but it never made the final cut. However, Gardinier decided to wear the plastic gown to the ceremony. American Express ended up featuring her in several ads, but the dress itself was poorly received and has been voted one of the worst Oscar dresses of all time. (She auctioned off the dress for $12,650 and donated the money to AIDS research.)
11Taco Bell wrapper dress wins prize
Here is another dress with a corporate tie-in. In 2012, North Carolina teen Olivia Mears made a dress entirely out of Taco Bell wrappers for a contest the company was having. She won second prize. She says it took her 10 hours to create, and she used 300 unused wrappers. Three years later, Taco Bell contacted her asking her to wear it in a commercial.