Ready-to-Wear Beauty: Weedrobes

Santafe.com - January 9, 2012

"After the photo shoot, Dextras places her living sculpture in a garden or park setting and allows it to decompose over time"

Weedrobes Wardrobe

A friend sent me a link to some of the most fantastic clothes I have ever seen. I'm ready to wear them all, but I lean towards the invasive species ensemble. Invasive species ensemble?

Invasive Species

You heard right. Multi-media artist Nicole Dextras, from Vancouver, BC, has managed to create some of the world's most beautiful and natural garments made entirely out of plants and flowers. Invasive weeds included. She calls them Weedrobes.

Camellia Countessa

The idea came out of Dextras's passion for environmental art and her work in the theater as a clothing designer.

Hydrangea Dubutante

She began her Weedrobes series in 2005 as an experiment. Her objective was to create art that in turn created a dialogue for people to become interested in the environment, while being made aware of the impact of consumerism.

Eco-Man

Her wearable sculptures are literally green--they are made from local, sustainable plant materials she finds in her garden and community. She then photographs her models in their organic outfits in urban landscapes to illustrate the interaction between humans and the plant world.

Weedrobes Accessories

After the photo shoot, Dextras places her living sculpture in a garden or park setting and allows it to decompose over time.

Aside from her blooming frocks, Dextras is an accomplished artist, writer and photographer. A visit to her website may make you swoon, but will also most assuredly make you think about the wonders of our environment.