Would you like style through the pandemic? This TikTok person's 12 foot costume is the reply
TikTok user and UCLA student Shay Rose created a pink, socially distant tulle dress that is six feet wide on each side. The 12-foot project lasted two months and was done from home while quarantined in Southern California. While Shay has plenty of design creations to be proud of, all of which you can see on video on her account, this dress makes a statement about our society and forces us to consider how far six feet really are from each other. At the same time, it also speaks for our desire for fantasy and bizarre clothes in this time of unrest – maybe even for the future of fashion. Shay spoke to POPSUGAR about her project and explained that she had had the idea of a socially distant dress in the back of her mind since the summer. "What if there was a dress that created a socially distant bubble around you?" She wondered.
"I hope (this dress) helps others really imagine what six feet are; to give them a frame of reference for what it means for social distance.
Shay went with pink tulle simply because the color is princess-like. She bought six studs of pink tulle from a wholesale store (for $ 6 per 40 meter stud) that was commonly visited for wedding decorations. The skirt is made of tire wire that came from a corset store, and Shay confirmed that this is the most expensive part of the dress, although it can be reused. “I actually did three different attempts to figure out how to make the dress 12 feet wide without it collapsing on itself. I ended up building a PVC base with little wheels that roll around under the dress and the Structure supports. ”She explained the lower portion of the dress, which she completed before moving on to the simpler top and completing the look with a matching face mask.
Although the dress is huge and it took over an hour to set up on site before her photo shoot (it has to be disassembled to fit in a car and then reassembled afterwards), it's actually pretty easy. Shay described it as not difficult but awkward to walk around due to the PVC base. It seems like it was worth the stop-and-go struggle to give this dress the attention it deserves. Shay has already received DMs from people asking if she will design bespoke 12-foot dresses for fans and devotees, but Shay is a full-time student and understandably needs a break from sewing tulle at the moment.
"This dress was a way for me to creatively explore a concept that surrounds our whole life – the need for social distancing rather than fashion in the pandemic. While this is a light-hearted project, I hope it helps others to really visualize, how big six feet is to give them a frame of reference for what it means for social distancing. Yeah, this pandemic obviously sucks, but social distancing is important to keep our community safe and since we can't change that, can we do it the least we can do to be creative and have fun with it, "Shay said.
Check out Shay's TikTok videos documenting her process and enjoy some behind-the-scenes footage she sent.