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February 26, 2014 AT 2:00 am

This Wedding Dress Dissolves in Water #WearableWednesday

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Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have come up with a eco-friendly wedding dress that will dissolve in water.

There are often tears at weddings but you’d need to be careful if you wore one of these creations as they dissolve when they come into contact with water.

The elaborate designs are the result of an unlikely marriage between fashion and engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University.

They combined forces to create a wedding dress that could be dissolved after the wedding to transform it into five new fashion pieces. As each layer of the dress is dissolved it reveals the next piece, while the last layer is intended to be kept as a memento. The layers are made of polyvinvyl alcohol, an environmentally-friendly polymer that dissolves when it comes into contact with water…

Jane Blohm, a lecturer on the fashion design course at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society’s attitudes towards throwaway fashion.

“The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing. The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most iconic and symbolic garments in humanity’s wardrobe and represents the challenges of ‘throwaway fashion’.

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