Nicole Dextras

With Spring committing burst and bloom all over the city I couldn’t help myself showcasing a bit more flora/fauna based design.  Nicole Dextras makes stunning gowns out of weeds, fruit, flowers and collected leaves.

Dextras harvests and assembles her gowns from living plants around her home in British Columbia.  She describes her Weedresses as a link between the dysfunctional relationship of man and nature.  We spend our lives working to master nature instead of working to understand it.  We buy easy remedies to eradicate our backyards of weeds, we spray chemicals on our crops and we cut down forests to build our towns.  Her gowns tie us back to a time when instead of viewing nature as a insolent child we saw it as a nurturing mother.

The natural beauty of these gowns is only enhanced by the materials, a skirt of chard, a sleeve of cabbage.  We forget that nature, not man, provides everything for us.  It feeds us, shelters us, warms us and clothes us.  All materials, even those synthetically produced, come from Gia’s bosom.  Dextra’s frocks of flora remind us that even in our modern world of metal and asphalt, we are still shrouded in nature; our shirts from cotton, our coats from wool.  Her dresses are odes to the versatility of the natural world and a reminder that we should give thanks to our planet for providing us with it’s tools and it’s beauty.

    • Shanan
    • September 27th, 2010

    I love your work! Any chance you could loan some prints to my daughter’s 1st grade class? I am working with her teacher, Ms. Sayles, at Del Paso Manor, in Sacramento CA. to put together lessons on healthy choices. I think the kids would love to see your work. I like above line, “Her dresses are odes to the versatility of the natural world and a reminder that we should give thanks to our planet for providing us with it

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