MIFGS 2013: dresses made from fruit + flowers and um...chilies???....

MIFGS 2013 RMIT FASHION COMPETITION 1ST PLACE CARY AIKEN
MIFGS 2013 FASHION RMIT FLOWERS ON MANEQUINS

Now while some people have been known to actually eat vegetables, the fashion design students at RMIT are more interested in turning them into clothes, it seems.

Well, why ever not, I say....when they look as fabulous as this. Might be a bit chilly for our new autumn days, but then again, the fire in those chilies would produce some heat!

These incredibly imaginative artworks were part of MIFGS 2013, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show which was held a few weekends ago. And I have so much to tell you about that, that I better split it up into a few posts, so as not to put people to sleep...with lots of clever ideas for garden design...so today let's have a look at some of these fruit, vegetable, flower and general plant matter dresses. Because they really are quite spectacular...

MIFGS 2013 FASHION DESIGN ORANGE SLICES

You'd want to think they used a food processor to help slice up all that citrus....would be exhausting otherwise...But what a great use for a bumper orange crop...Better tell the citrus farmers not to pull out their fruit when there is a glut...they just need to liaise with the fashion industry instead of the food one... Seriously, though, the scent from this dried citrus slice gown was heavenly...you can imagine how delightful it was...

DOMED CEILING ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING MELBOURNE

The event is always held in one of my favourite spaces, the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, and it is a Victorian glasshouse folly of the grandest imagination, built for the World Expo in 1880. Luckily for us, it has been preserved and is a much-loved part of Melbourne's elegant architectural heritage. There is barely one exhibition of some sort over, before the next one sets up...from wine festivals to artisan design and everything in between.

ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING MELBOURNE
MIFGS 2013 FASHION COMPETITION MANEQUIN FLOWERS

But back to our dresses...this one experimented with different coloured and shaped leaves, with Dichondra Silver Falls draped about the bodice like a lacy shawl, and asparagus fern as a ruffled hem.

MIFGS 2013 FASHION COMPETITION RMIT VEGETABLES

And this one was simple but stylish, in the newest season's capsicum and chili.

They are lots of fun, which is not to detract from the fact that the fashion design students are actually marked on their works...as they should be after putting in such a dedicated effort.

And if you are pondering what to cook for dinner tonight...maybe forget the idea of eating your veggies and try fashioning them into an evening gown instead. Tempted?

all images :: blue fruit