Credit card dresses

Dresses made from credit cards. Who knew?

If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to have your credit card sadistically cut up in front of your face by an overzealous shop assistant, you’ll understand the excruciating embarrassment that accompanies the event. But don’t fret, because there are ways to turn the situation around. All you have to do is save all the credit card cuttings, add them to the used credit card pile, and make your own clothes.

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Lizzy Gardiner American Express credit card dress

Lizzy Gardiner’s American Express credit card dress creation

In 1995, designer Lizzy Gardiner stole the spotlight on the red carpet at the Oscars when she turned up in a gown made entirely of gold American Express credit cards. The dress was originally conceived for the film, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert but AmEx weren’t too keen on the idea, so it was shelved. However, they were won over when Lizzy said she’d like to wear the dress to the 67th Annual Academy Awards, which she was nominated for Best Costume Designer.

Oscars gold credit card dress

Another gold credit card Oscars creation

AmEx sent 300 invalid cards for the creation, all with Lizzy Gardiner’s name printed on them. The dress must have had a touch of Midas to it because that night Lizzy won the Oscar for The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The dress was auctioned in 1999 in aid of American Foundation for AIDS Research, fetching the princely sum of $12,650.

Credit card bracelet

A credit card bracelet. Source: Scavenger

If you’re lacking the 300 cards needed to make a whole dress, never fear, you can still get creative with your cards. The thrifty spending blog, Scavenging has written a step-by-step guide on how to turn your used credit cards into bracelets. Granted, this is one for the girls, but if you’re losing your hair over your partner’s spending habits, suggesting this nifty new way of making jewellery will help both your bank balances in the long run.

Those who are totally lacking cards for their creations can still put their dress-making skills to the test. Just dig out your old Monopoly board, gather all the pretend money you can, and get sticking.

Monopoly dress

A dress crafted from Monopoly money. Source: Craftser

The designer of this dress made it by spreading a huge sheet of clear contact paper on a flat surface, and then one by one she stuck the money to the pre-glued paper. It was made in two pieces – a corset and skirt – then sewn together. Ellie also made a Monopoly chance card handbag to complete the outfit, as part of challenge for online craft site, Craftster.

And if you’ve got lots of spare cash lying around, we’ve even got an idea for you, too. To promote the UK television show The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway, ITV newsreader Katie Derham posed in a £50,000 dress made of money. If only all dresses were made of money.

Katie Derham in a £50,000 dress made from bank notes

Katie Derham in a £50,000 dress made from bank notes. Image: peoples50million