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Hair comes the bride! - Gypsy wedding star creates dress from human hair

by Aaron Sharp. Published Wed 16 Nov 2011 13:27

The dress maker who shot to fame on channel4 series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding has taken bizarre bridal wear to the next level with a gown made from human hair!

Liverpool based Thelma Madine, the seamstress of choice for travellers in the UK, used 250 metres of hair extensions making the dress, which is valued at around #50,000.

A team of dress makers from Madine's now famous Nico bridal store worked with hairdressers from Liverpool salon Voodou to create colourful the dress.

The shocking red colour may be enough to make many a blushing bride's hair curl, but Madine said she has identified the perfect model for her daring design.

She has offered the pricey piece up to Lady GaGa to wear the next time she is in the UK.

GaGa, who specialised in everything from the glamorous to the grotesque, hit headlines in a dress made entirely of meat earlier this year.

And accoring to Madie, the tresseled triumph would be the ideal dress for GaGa's trademark style.

She said: "I'd be overwhelmed if someone like Lady Gaga would consider wearing it, we think she would look amazing in it.

"In fact, we would be more than happy for her to wear it on her next tour. It’s a unique creation, just like her, and I think it would be a hair match made in heaven!"

The creation came about throgh a collaboration with Voodou hair stylist, Ryan Edwards.

It took the handy work of eight members of staff from Nico's dress designers, famous for their role on Channel 4's Big Fat Gipsy Wedding, to make and contains 250 metres of hair.

They also used tens of thousands of individual hair wefts and different pieces of hair, 1500 crystals and 12 underskirts.

The dress was showcased at this weekend's Alternative Miss Liverpool pageant in Liverpool, where it was crowned the winner at the annual event, by star of stage and screen, Fenella Fielding.

Ryan said: "It's something that we've been thinking about designing for a while as it's just so different.

"I approached Thelma and her team to see if they would be up for doing it and they totally loved the idea.

"It took a team of about eight people just over 12 days to make and as you can see, we used a lot of hair!"

The dress itself weighs approximately 15 stone and is a size 6.

Ryan added: "This was a chance for us to show our creatively and originality and it's a fantastic feeling to see the finished product.

"It's fair to say we'll probably not see another dress like it for a very long time."


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