Image: FLW 2012 Winner, Secondary School: Tess (front)

FLW 2012 Winner, Secondary School: Tess (front)

Tess Tavener Hanks models her outfit created for the Fashion Less Waste 2012: Deep Oceans design competition.

Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum


Tess Tavener Hanks from Cheltenham Girls High School is next, with a design titled ‘Poly-medusa’. The overall dress shape was modelled on the Giant Bell Jellyfish, and established by an under-structure of aluminium strips and wire. Clear plastic suction bath mats were cut to make dress panels. Some paint was applied – spot the pink and blue! She has used plastic sheets too, in the formation of a see-through bubble-like outer layer. It's a look inspired by a Red Lantern Medusa. For decorative detail, Tess applied pieces of coloured translucent pencil cases and ‘Knobby balls’ – bumpy toy balls made of translucent, thin PVC. Tess cut up deflated knobby balls, as well as exercise balls. Bumpy strips were sewn into ruffle forms, like those in a Deep Sea Spanish Dancer, a sea cucumber. Plainer strips hang as fringing, to look like tentacles. Large pieces cover a disc shaped hat. Note the ball on top, beside some fabric rings.

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