PLAYING DRESS UP
“When all of this started, I had no idea where it would lead,” Cotter writes in the introduction of his book. Walking by the empty closet several times a day and seeing that big box there was “indescribably painful.” “But in my darkness I had found something I thought was hilarious,” he adds. “What could I really do with this symbol of my former life?”
Despite its singular purpose, the gown proved to be surprisingly durable—and versatile.
Cotter knew the dress would work as a towel or drop cloth, but he wondered if it would hold up to more ambitious applications. Despite its singular purpose, the gown proved to be surprisingly durable—and versatile. Thus far, it’s withstood supported Cotter’s weight as a hammock, served as a sporting events banner, and hauled piles of weeds and garden debris from his yard to the street. He’s stuffed the dress to create a comfy beanbag for lounging, hung its incredible train from a shower rod to protect his modesty, and used its voluminous skirt as a picnic blanket. Even the crinoline has done time as both a mosquito net and fishing net.
Cotter’s book may be a lighthearted way to deal with heartbreak, but his repurposing ideas are an inspiration to us all. With some imagination, the clothing we no longer desire can find new life under different circumstances, sometimes with unintentionally funny results.
[Via The Consumerist]