Gallery: 18th Century “Queen Adelaide” Gown Made From Discarded Radiator C...

Queen Adelaide by Emma Whiteside, Emma Whiteside, Queen Adelaide, automotive radiator copper, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, World of WearableArt, New Zealand, industrial design, steampunk

Although this recycled metallic gown was designed with a different queen from a different era in mind, we imagine it’s what an alternate-reality Marie Antoinette would wear in steampunk Versailles, give or take a century. Created by design graduate Emma Whiteside for the 2009 World of WearableArt show in her native New Zealand, “Queen Adelaide” is composed entirely of discarded automotive radiator copper, which Whiteside spent more than 200 hours sewing together.

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