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These gorgeous dresses are part of an awesome series entitled Wearable Foods. Created by Korean artist Yeonju Sung, each of these beautiful garments was elaborately made of edible materials such as red peppers, eggplants, bananas, green onions, lotus roots, white radishes, tomatoes, and red cabbage. The bottom two pieces are made of bubble gum.

While one may categorically define Sung’s good-enough-to-eat collection as sculptural foodwear, it is just as much a photographic series. The artist explains, “I create my own world of reality by generating a completely different set of images that contradict the conventional notion of food and clothes. As time goes by, the food from my work do go through a progression of disappearance due to the nature of food and gets gradually changed into the hideous state fading its shape and color in the process…”

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more tantalizing edible couture from Yeonju Sung’s Wearable Foods series.

Eat Me

I have just discovered the work of Yeonju Sung, a fine artist from Korea who seems to be bridging the gaps between 3 of my favourite things: art, fashion and… food!  I am not sure if this is an entirely new or original idea, but I couldn’t think of anyone who had done it before.

Aubergine Dress

Sung has used food as a material to create sculptural items of clothing, and I think the results are beautiful.  My only gripe would be that the clothing designs themselves could have been more considered - they are pretty standard “dress” cuts, and I think she could have used the unusual materials to make some truly spectacular shapes.  However, I expect the work was not created as a fashion line so much as an artwork so perhaps we can overlook that.

Winter Mushroom Dress


Lotus Root Dress

Tree Ear (Mushroom) Top

Spring Onion Dress

Tomato Dress

One of the things that strikes me about these pieces is how they are inextricably linked to the dimension of time.  I wonder if they are a comment on modern consumerism: food waste is extortionate in today’s world, and the high availability of low-cost clothing has encouraged rampant fashion wastefulness.  Clearly Sung’s designs are perishable which is a suggestion of the needless waste created by the human race.

Bubblegum Top

Though this is a very worthy point to make - and someone needs to make it  - where this work is concerned I like to consider this time element in a more abstract manner.  I think it would have been very interesting for Sung to document the decay of her work, showing the power of time vs. nature.  Perhaps this is my interest in materiality coming into play, because I would be intrigued to see how the clothing mutates from beautiful, crisp and bright, into shrivelled, dry and colourless.  I also think some context would go a long way, so seeing these items worn on the bodies they were made for would add the final piece to the jigsaw.  Clothes which decompose before your very eyes?  Delicious!  

Of course the other option would be for the aforementioned models to eat the clothes off their own back, so to speak, speeding up the time/destruction process.  That would make a great piece of art.