And now for something completely different, a couture dress made primarily from LEGO bricks. Ashley Eckstein is the model and the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, whose face adorns the striking garment. I can’t help but wonder what kind of noise the dress makes as she struts the runway. Ashley participated in the Her Universe fashion show at the famous San Diego Comic Con this weekend, which is apparently now the second largest convention of any kind in the world. The one of a kind design was created by LEGO Certified Professional Nathan Sawaya, whose work should be familiar to many of you constant readers and it features over ten thousand bricks. The likeness of Ashoka is impeccable, the dress is form-fitting (especially for LEGO) and the colors really pop under the lights. Damn, I’ve been watching way too much Project Runway and Drag Race.
The construction technique is difficult to guess at with just a handful of images currently available online. In the absence of info, I guess the LEGO elements are glued to the fabric or maybe the builder modified the bricks to allow for them to be woven together. Even though the dress is lined with some kind of fabric, I can’t imagine it’s very fun to wear for prolonged periods of time or sit down in. Sometimes great fashion hurts, but any discomfort is a small price to pay for the sheer amount of attention this garment draws, even in an over-saturated environment like Comic Con. When everyone is an attention whore, how do you get noticed? A LEGO dress is just the ticket. Kudos to Mr. Sawaya, I think he’s found his true calling here and I hope he takes another crack at LEGO fashion in the future. That’s difficult praise for me to dole out because I think he’s a bit of a hack, but damn…this is a cool dress and all of our fellow nerds at SDCC seem to agree.