Meet Olivia Mears, a costume designer from North Carolina, who has come up with a brilliant idea to recycle those used gift wrappers and turn them into beautiful dresses.
This inspiration started back in December 2013 when Mear’s first eco-friendly design went viral so she decided to make such dresses annually. Each costume is made of recycled wrapping papers, ribbons, bows, and lots of glitters.
Mears, who is also known on social media as avantgeek, also made an exquisite pizza dress earlier this year that was featured on ABC’s The Chew last May 2017. She’s also the maker of the infamous Taco Belle dress, worn by Taco Bell’s representatives at MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards.
Check out her creative designs below.
The left dress is made from recycled/up-cycled wrapping paper assembled on Christmas night in 2014. The right dress was made the following year from paper that remained on the roll, worn to the Biltmore Estate's winter lights event (in the rain, whoops). I've made one more wrapping paper dress since then and am eager to keep working on it to show next month! ✨🎁
Traveling with a sewing machine over the holidays means upping your wrapping paper skills! 🎁 Upgrading my past dresses along with the newest purple ensemble to photograph! #wrappingpaper #paperdress #holidaydress #holidayparty #christmas #christmasdress #singersewing #singer #featherweight #instachristmas #christmastime #nc #northcarolina
Wrapping paper dress time! This was the first one made in 2014 out of recycled paper, ribbons, & bows of Christmas aftermath, and a petticoat underneath for support. I wanted a vintage postcard look in this photo, part of a series: next one will be posted tomorrow! 🎁 #wrappingpaper #paperdress #recycledart #trashion #happyholidays #merrychristmas
It's been confirmed: I won Grand Prize in the #pieceofthepiecontest 🍕Cheesus crust! Thanks, everyone!!! If you're in the WNC area: I'll be wearing the pizza dress tonight to introduce Porch 40 at their show at No Names, Sylva, 10pm ET. – – – – #pizzadress #pizza #asheville #sylva #cullowhee #nc #wnc #wcu #noname #nonames #westerncarolinauniversity #northcarolina #porch40