Gross, Weird, and Frightening Fashion from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Trashy Lingerie, Rats on the Catwalk, and More

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A dress made from slimy salami and meaty bacon? An entire wardrobe made from one woman's hair? A 22-story pair of pants? These tales and more in Ripley's Believe It or Not's recently published book called "Enter If You Dare!" The annual collection of odd and extraordinary tales from around the globe offers up fashion stories, from the fascinating and frightening to the excessive and extreme. Click through for more -- but only -- if you dare!

Remembering Rembrandt in Black Tulle and DIY: a Non-Vegan Salami and Bacon Dress

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Image via TreeHugger. In London, Artist Benjamin Shine played homage to painter Rembrandt Van Rijn with the help of textiles; he spent over 200 hours pleating and pressing a 26 by 10 ft. piece of black tulle fabric, measuring 26 by 10 ft., to create a portrait of the Dutchman (pg. 200).

Apparently, Jia Jem had nothing to wear to a friend's party when she decided to make a "stylish" dress out of raw meat. According to Ripley's Believe It or Not!, she chose "salami because it's thin and stays in one piece, and bacon because it looks meaty." And in case you want to try this at home -- we kid, but -- here are the DIY instructions, below:

She started with a basic thick cotton dress, layered the meat on top then covered it with a clear vinyl. The dress took her six hours to make and was refrigerated until it was time for the party. (pg. 181)

A dress you need to refrigerate before you wear out? I'll pass, along with the meat platter.


An Eco-Friendly Garter Belt? Recycled Lingerie from Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch

On page 206, you'll find underwear, a bustier, and garter belt made from scrap metal, including cola cans. Designer Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch, who is based in Massachusetts, has great attention to detail; the bright bustier, in particular, is made from tiny slivers of soda cans which have been threaded through a wire frame.

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A Paper Wedding Dress, a High-Fashion Rats on the Runway, a Wardrobe made from Human Hair, and More

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Rat; Image via Animal Planet

You'll have to buy the book to see photos of these extraordinary fashion moments: At London Fashion Week in 2009, French designer Charlie Le Mindu created a headdress covering the entire face -- with a small gap for the wearer's eyes -- with dozens of mice and rat carcasses, and tails dangling down the front (page 195); In Romania, Ioana Cioanca used her own hair, which reached a length of 40 inches, to make an entire wardrobe of clothes, including a hat, a shawl, a skirt, a blouse, a raincoat, a pair of gloves, a purse and a handbag (page 195).

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Another hairy creation: a hair wig from CuldeSac and Studio Marisol's workshop at the Centre International de Recherche et d'Education Culturelle et Agricole (C.I.R.E.C.A). Image via Ecouterre

In Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, a woman named Sha Sha was married in a cotton paper dress which took Zhu Zhu, the designer, two and a half months to make (page 201), and Tunisian fashion designer Larbi Boukamha made a pair of pants, measuring 22-stories high, from a mile of fabric.

recently published book called "Enter If You Dare!" is available on Amazon.

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