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Topic: Save The Animals!
Fabric: Stretch Satin, Wave Velveteen, Lycra, Patent Leather
Color Scheme: Monochromatic Reds, White, Tan


For "Save The Animals," I wanted to design a cocktail party dress that really stands out image wise and concept wise. One of the biggest problems in animals being killed for fashion...is of course furs, pelts and skins. I wanted this dress to be deticated to expressing the skinning of animals for their hides. The concept is very simple, but the design is more complicated with detail to express it. The coat she is carrying behind her on a hanger represents the animals skin/hide...after it is removed at the party, the flesh and bones are underneath. Pretty easy idea...but to express it, I gave her a tannish colored coat for the skin made of patent leather with accordian pleats on the rims of the coat. It's a chanel jacket...no, not a "chanel" jacket meaning designed by Chanel...the basic template style is called "Chanel" and I picked it because its low cut, and very light. It allowes the collar of the dress to be visible. The coat has part of the dress-fabrication known as the dark red wave velveteen which acts as the animals flesh and tissue. I put it on the coat to give it flare, movement...and to express flesh still being apart of the animals skin.

The inside...the dress itself is another tube dress. I noticed after I was done...but I like it. It's texturized with the wave velveteen acting as the flesh of the animal, while the red stretch satin acts as the base and canvas of the body. What ties it all together is the intricate pearl-like white bodice jewelery which individually wraps around the torso from the chest down. It represents the ribs/carcass or bones of the animal that had been skinned. For style, I added opera gloves with a white fold...as well as knee-high socks and white shoes to coordinate.

To generalize, I wanted my model to represent "somebody." Usually when people think of "save the animals"...they get this stereotypical image of some lady or man dressed like someone from the crocodile hunters, PETA...or Jeff Corwin. Basically un-appealing safari type clothing. Or at least thats the image I first get. I wanted to sway away from that and design an outfit for a lady thats rich, wealthy and super-high fashion. Why? Because I wanted to display somebody with a lot of money that also cares for animals and their safety...and this women is from Paris and enters the cocktail party expressing her point of view other than anybody else. The dress is bold, and gives an intense statement. The gloves and socks basically stylize this "save the animals dress"...into something beyond meant for an individual client. I love it.


Model: Lipstick
Hair: Platinum Blonde
Race: White
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:iconcjrogers1993:
cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner May 25, 2006
Do you use prismacolor pencils???
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner May 25, 2006   Interface Designer
Yes, always.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner May 25, 2006
:D Those are expensive...i want some!!!
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:iconzebraskin44:
ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner May 26, 2006   Interface Designer
Ya, they actually are. Each pencil is 1 + dollars...usually likr 1.29 per pencil. A box of 50 costs like 59 dollars. But I own the box of 150 which costs almost 200 dollars. Definately worth it though because the pencils have very soft texture and feel like fluid oil when coloring in any art. Sometimes there so soft that its difficult to sharpen them without it breaking. I buy re-fills of colors I run out on the daily though.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
Yeah...I use them...well my art class uses them. they are much more sophisticated than regular crayola colored pencils...my art teacher had about... 300+ colors. It was so fun using them!!!!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
oh my gosh. what a fantastic idea!
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Seseeke Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
I suppose i should find this disturbing (and while i do) not for the reason most apperant. I find the skinning of animals highly unnapropriate (and thus the reason for this dress is 'disturbing' meaning the point is well amde) But honestly i would wear something like this to a save the animals event in a heartbeat. I love the idea, and how it truly truly makes you think on the event at hand. so many of the usualy animal prints are easily forgotten in the crowds, but yours, just... It cannot be forgotten... if you ever actually construct this dress, I would love to know, and while i'd probably covet it, i'd make due with pictures;)
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006   Interface Designer
ThanX. Mabye you saw my point a little more clearly. I basically wanted to design a cocktail dress for a very wealthy, individual women who wanted to express herself and her views on "saving the animals" by showing what is "done" to the animals. By doing that, I find it more bold and intense which is what I was shooting for. My description of the flesh and bones might seem disturbing and gross by some people, but the "execution" from literal flesh/bones...to a garment that looks beautiful is a goal made.
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KKW2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
Save the animals, hells yeah!
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PK-PSDOL Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
well done zebra its very cool and yea it shows an annimal in it i love the disribction and the colours are wow well done i love the originalty dress ^_^
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Juliet196 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I think this design is very high fashion, very couture. I didn't get how it was "save the animals" until i read the explanation, and i get the concept, i really do. It's very creative, but i really can't get over the morbidity. I hate to say that the gruesomeness of the concept really cast a shadow on the design, at least for me. I'm sorry, it's just my opinion. I hope i don't offend you.
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006   Interface Designer
Lol, iv been studying fashion design for over 5 yrs now and I sew...so, im not offended. I can understand why some peeps don't get this design, and its because many of you aren't used to seeing highly stylized concepts...or intense concepts transformed into fashion.

Just the fact that you never knew this design was about the skinning of animals...UNTIL you read the description already proves my point and makes me satisfied to thinking my works done for this challenge. You may not like the concept, but this again was meant customized for "somebody" with their OWN perspective of how to express themselves. That's why I'd consider the dress Haute Couture, even though it could also be ready-to-wear if put out into retail.

All of you guys for your own benefit, should watch some extravagant Hate Couture fashion shows. Go here: Fashionfile.com

And particularly...i'd watch Christian Dior. I bet all of you might feel really uncomfortable seeing what your seeing, but thats fashion and point of view.
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Juliet196 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I have a degree in fashion design too, and i watch the couture shows (Lacroix is my favorite). Just b/c i think it's a intense and it disturbs my personal views doesn't mean i don't get it. I'm surprised you didn't expect this kind of response from at least one person. But like i said, i do think it is a good design, for the sake of design.
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StrawberryNunChild Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
I think it's interesting that this was your choice, particularly since I considered designing an outfit around the animal trap itself (think straps and braces) before throwing out the idea. I admire the unique point of view, and I wish you the best of luck. :)
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ladylucrezia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
The design is wonderful, very thought out and detailed, but my first impression after reading your description was, if the theme is "save the animals", how come you've designed an outfit that represents a skinned animal? I'm just curious as to your thoughts on that :) It is very high fashion, very couture, I think, but I'm kinda worried about the statement it's giving (or maybe it's just me that's seeing it this way).

I hope that didn't sound rude at all. That was not my intention.
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006   Interface Designer
Oh, don't worry. The message isn't "A skinned animal"...but the "skinning OF animals."

The women in the design basically wants to express one of the nastiest forms of animal harm in the industry by wearing a design that illustrates the concept. I wouldn't consider it promoting because who would know off the bat that this outfit is saying "Im expressing the skinning of animals"? Not many, because I didn't design a literal garment...a more symbolic one which is what the challenge was based under.

But yea, im still scared if Chris will accept it as correct for the challenge. I personally like it a lot and it's very high fashion.
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ladylucrezia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Ah, I see what you mean. Best of luck with the contest :)
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Alia-Chan17 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
wow just wow
that is a very very interesting concept and completely diffiferent from the others i like it for that
you can deffinately see you point of veiw clearly
go you for making something that's out of the box and not just another animal print like most of us did (myself included =P)
=)
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