NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fashion is all about turning heads, and some high school students in the Bronx are making a real statement with some very unusual materials.
From afar, the clothing designs created by students at The Fieldston School appear normal. But they are all made with familiar items used in new ways.
This year’s crop of students made dresses, suits and skirts out of items including printer paper, comic books and clothes pins. What started as a class project 11 years ago is now a school-wide fashion show.
The assignment is to create a unique look without using traditional materials such as cloth.
“People working incredibly hard to express things in ways that they can without cutting and gluing,” high school senior Anna Blum told CBS 2’s Alex Denis.
One student designed a floor-length red dress constructed out of 10,000 twist ties, creating intricate detail.
Another designed a cocktail dress made from 25 records melted specifically to contour the student’s waist.
Other looks are so trendy that they’ve been requested for prom.
“People have been suggesting the idea. I don’t really know if I can because it’s kind of uncomfortable. But, it’s definitely beautiful and I’ve worked really hard on it. So, maybe!” junior Ryan Peer told Denis.
A student even made a skirt made out of 200 shotgun shells. The garment weighs at least 20 pounds, Denis reported.
Some students spent nearly a year working on the 91 designs featured at Tuesday’s show, and cheering fans packed the school’s auditorium to check them out.
There was no winner, no prizes and no outfit to wear around town. But the students said all the hard work was worth it.
“After we walk down the runway, we take some photos, we hang them up around here,” senior Max Katz told Denis. “And it sits in this room. This is really one of the most popular rooms at school. Everyone loves to hang out here.”
Students said the goal is to be better than years past, but added the pressure really heats up when two students pick the same common item.
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