Best of Ecouterre: Top 7 Recycled Dresses

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+ Hear ye, hear ye. Nashville designers Fairlight Hubbard and Amy M. Phillips created a series of vintage-inspired frocks made completely from newspaper.

+ When FINA banned swimmers from competing in full-body swimsuits, Speedo was left with a surplus of LZR Racer suits. Its solution? To enlist U.K. fashion label From Somewhere to upcycle the pieces into a romantic ruffled dress.

+ The Marie Antoinette-esque "Queen Adelaide" is composed entirely of discarded automotive radiator copper, which designer Emma hiteside spent more than 200 hours sewing together.

+ This gorgeous life-size gown, cut and sewn from 600 Peanut M&M; wrappers, was a 100-hour labor of love. + Talk about extreme origami! Designer Yuliya Kyrpo assembled her headlining bustier dress--complete with a flowing peacock train--from 1,000 paper cranes, which she painstakingly hand-folded from old Metro newspapers.

+ For its Christmas windows this year, Barneys New York dressed a mannequin to thrill in a voluminous gown assembled from recycled espresso foil bags.

+ Cleverly devised from recycled bicycle inner tubes and wool, Mattijs van Bergen and Anouk Vogel's "living dress" features individual vases that can be filled with water and changing floral arrangements.

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