A zesty dress…

This photo from a 1939 National Geographic shows a young woman dressed in a gown made from grapefruit peels, apparently woven together, although exactly how it was made is not known. The dress was made to celebrate Rio Grande Delta’s harvest season, Rio Grande Delta is the southernmost tip of Texas, bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the country of Mexico, and is a large producer of citrus fruit, with grapefruit making up the bulk of the crop.

If you are keeping tally, there have been food dresses made from meat, gummy bears, corn husks, chocolate, licorice all sorts, and artist Sung Yeonju has created dresses from everything from Lotus root to shrimp.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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8 Responses to A zesty dress…

  1. Daniel says:

    Looks like it’s made using diamonds of cut peel attached to a fabric base, rather than being interwoven together, which creates the harlequin check effect – you can see glimpses of the base fabric at the skirt/sides of the slits. Woven peels wouldn’t hang that smoothly.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Ah yes….

  3. liz says:

    I’m glad to read that, because all I could think of after seeing that picture was how deeply, deeply uncomfortable it would be to have to wear a dress made out of dry, scratchy old grapefruit rinds.

  4. Jonathan says:

    pithy comment…

  5. liz says:

    Daniel. Make him stop.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Hey, I didn’t use the title ‘A Dress with a Peel’…. although I really thought about it….

  7. liz says:

    I know you did. I could feel a disturbance in the Force as you attempted to resist a really bad pun … and lost the battle.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Drat – I am discovered…..

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