There are a variety of ways to recycle cardboard, but Cardboard Couture one way that is a bit more surprising than the rest. Every year, art and design students at Strode College in the UK are instructed to design and construct costumes out of cardboard. The first assigned project is meant to kick off the year with some unconventional inspiration. In their first few weeks of college, students accepted the challenge and developed everything from a fancy ball gown to a tribal warrior bird. The variety of incredibly complicated designs have even included an 8-legged octopus and a shark chasing its prey.
When speaking about the students, teacher Duncan Cameron says, “They’ve shown great design and construction skills and created some fantastic costumes using only recycled cardboard, brown tape, paper and string. We’ve had a great time working with them–watching their ideas develop and their confidence grow. I think we’re in for a great year of art and design at Strode.”