French designer Silvie Facon has used her unique talents to bring to life a number of beautiful dresses which look like they’ve been pulled straight from a fairy-tale. Designers often use outlandish materials to create interesting garments, who can forget Lady Gaga’s meat dress? But Facon has used old books to create gowns that are truly unique.
As The Vintage News reports, using books that are beyond repair, Facon put together old leather spines and torn out pages to sew dresses perfect for bibliophiles. Facon teamed up with costume designer Morgane E. Grosdemange and began by sketching her designs before stitching together old books to bring them to life. The idea was to highlight the beauty of ordinary objects as well as to create beautiful clothing which also tells a story.
The dress with the spine bodice took around 250 hours to complete. Those of you who hate to even crease the spines of your books will be relieved to know that Facon only used book spines that had already fallen from their books. In other words, no books were harmed in the making of these dresses!
One of Facon’s dresses is tribute to the beauty of music and sees a violin illustrated across the front along with sheets of music down the skirt. Another dress is named Hommage à Arras (“Homage to Arras”) and pays tribute to the town of Arras, the historic center of the Artois region which is known for its art and history.