This year PROMdemonium, "Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom," moved to the National Arts Centre. While the classy venue was an exciting change of locale, the two huge formal rooms presented a challenge for PromD's decorations committee.
Our decorations needed to be fun, high impact, environmentally friendly and, since this is a fundraiser above all else, cheap.
Fortunately these vintage prom-wear lamps are all that and more!
The inspiration for these lights came from a photo by Tim Walker and matsutake's electrified fox lamp.
The first two photos posted here are thanks to the very talented Ming Wu.
Step 1: What you'll need
-Dress or shirt and tie
Look for clothing that will let light shine through, nothing too thick or dark. When choosing the outfit at a thrift store hold it up towards a light source to see if it will let enough light through. Avoid dresses with thin straps and be aware that dresses with more structure will hold their shape better than flowy outfits.-Lamp base
Ikea's Dudero lamp works perfectly for dresses
Ikea's Not lamp is great for shirts once you remove one section to make it shorter
Both of these lamps, and other similar styles, are easily found second hand on sites like craigslist & kijiji. We paid between $5 and $10 for each lamp.
We were able to do about 3 dresses with one 472 ml bottle of Stiffy (stretched out with glue and water). How much you will need will depend on the size and material of the clothing you choose.
-White glue (optional)
-Plastic wrap or large plastic bags
-Dress form and/or tape
If you don't have a dummy on hand, you can make one by wrapping a volunteer in tape like so
-Wire (a metal hanger will work in a pinch)
-pliers and wire cutters
-needle and thread