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Student uses thousands of straws to create David Bowie inspired outfit

Saffron Bramley-Astle has created the David Bowie inspired outfit using thousands of straws

Saffron Bramley-Astle with her design
Saffron spent three months making the outfit

A David Bowie inspired outfit made out of just under 15,000 plastic straws has been designed by a student at Nottingham Trent University.

Saffron Bramley-Astle, who is studying BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making at the School of Art & Design, individually attached the drinks straws one by one and hand-cut them into shape, as part of her final degree show.

She designed the piece shortly after the death of David Bowie and it took her three months to complete the outfit.

“I was inspired by the great legacy that David Bowie had left, not only on the world of music but also through his iconic looks particularly that of his Ziggy Stardust character,” she said.

“Costume was a vital element of his performance, bold eccentric styles mirroring his equally bold movement and quirky vocals. I wanted to create a costume that would echo this eccentric style and interesting use of silhouette.”

Saffron, of Derby, became more intrigued by the creation of costumes through use of unconventional materials, so decided to make the outfit out of straws.

“I started to find out how I could develop the idea of using straws further and use them to create interesting movement and texture in a costume,” she said.

“To me the creation of a Ziggy Stardust costume was the perfect use of this interesting technique as Bowie championed unique design throughout his career.”

Karen Bartlett, senior lecturer and module leader for Costume Design and Making, at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Like David Bowie in life, this costume is both innovative and ground breaking. Saffron's eye-catching outfit has already drawn interest from visitors and members of the public who puzzle over its construction and functionality.”

Saffron Bramley-Astle’s work is set to go on show at the university’s 2017 Degree Show from 3 to 10 June at the City campus.

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Student uses thousands of straws to create David Bowie inspired outfit

Published on 24 May 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Press office; School of Art & Design

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