Raising Awareness with Condom Couture

Raising Awareness with Condom Couture

Raising Awareness with Condom Couture

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
April 1 2010 1:23 PM

Raising Awareness with Condom Couture

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If you lusted after Lady Gaga’s Kermit-head coat, wait till you see Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini’s rubber oeuvre . Inspired by her work with HIV-positive children, this former Greenpeace activist uses factory-rejected condoms to construct dresses, suits, and other elaborate sculptural pieces. Equal parts advocacy work and madcap Project Runway challenge, Bertini’s collection aims not to foment a revolution in ready-to-wear fashion but to destigmatize condoms and promote the message that these life-saving devices should be as basic and necessary as a simple pair of jeans. And if all this creative do-goodery wasn’t enough, she’s also protecting the environment by reusing pounds of synthetic material that would otherwise end up in landfills or in the air as greenhouse gas. Apparently, you can purchase a unique condom frock of your own from her website . Duct tape prom dresses , you've got some serious competition.

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Photograph of dress by Adriana Bertini on Flickr . © Adriana Bertini . All rights reserved.