You'll Never Guess What This Dress is Made Out Of

Here’s a Sunday brain-teaser for you: What is this dress above made out of? It looks so light and breathable and perfect for summer, right? It must be linen, or muslin, or maybe cotton. Don’t get mad but... you actually can’t wear it. I know. You just felt the same level of disappointment that comes with the realization that furniture store food props are not real food. But in any case, wearing this dress would probably break your back, because it's made out of marble! Mind = blown.

These pieces were carved by Scottish sculptor Alasdair Thomson. This series of sculptures, called “The Identity Collection”, is Thompson’s enedeavor to highlight the essence of fabric by freezing it in stone. This is where the identity part comes in — each sculpture is modeled on a garment donated to him by friends and family. Thompson wanted the sculptures to embody the personalities of his participants, so he encouraged them to lend him whatever artifacts they wanted. On Thomson's website, the intent of his project is described in detail:

"Seeking to capture the characters of those he invited to donate, he surrendered the control of the content of the series by allowing others to submit garments of their choosing for him to carve. The results are simple and understated, as well as timeless and nostalgic."

So next time you’re thinking of donating your clothing to Buffalo Exchange, maybe donate it to an artist friend. Well, make sure you have artist friends first and then give your hand-me-downs to them. They may be some day be exhibited alongside Michelangelo’s David!

Image: Alasdair Thomson

Thompson is based in Edinburgh, but was trained in the art of stonework and carving in Italy. These babies were fashioned from Carrara marble, and Thompson’s classical Italian training undoubtedly primed him for mastery of the medium.

Image: Alasdair Thomson

If it wasn't a modern work of art, I would call it the perfect beach cover-up!

Image: Alasdair Thomson

Goodness gracious, those details! I wouldhave loved to wear this line-dancing...

Ogle some more of Thomson's work here, on his website!