An artist from Sitka, Alaska named Cynthia Gibson is making waves after she designed a dress made almost entirely of salmon bones. Gibson debuted her dress at her hometown's annual Wearable Arts Fashion Show fundraiser, and totally wowed the audience.
It's not hard to see why people were impressed with Gibson's creation. According to Alaska Dispatch News, she'd been working on putting it together for about three years.
"Three years ago I collected buckets and buckets of small vertebrae. Bones in general, I find beautiful. They have a beautiful line and form," Gibson told Alaska Dispatch News. "I always wondered why no one was doing much with salmon vertebrae because they're everywhere and they're easy to bead.
Creating the dress was undoubtedly quite a tedious task. After Gibson had collected 20,000 salmon bones that had either washed up on shore or were donated to her by local fishmongers Sitka Sounds Seafood, she sorted, sanded, cleaned, and bleached all of them herself. Then, she strung them like beads onto a black dress she bought at a thrift store.
Gibson says she's pleased with how well the dress has been received. She said she'd even been contacted by a museum in Oregon that's interested in displaying the dress in a salmon-themed exhibition.
"I'm excited people are as happy with it as I am," Gibson told Alaska Dispatch News. "I love to see how nature and art mix."
Whether or not you'd wear a dress made of fish skeletons, you have to admit, it does look pretty cool.