Human hair dress on show at museum

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Ryan Edwards with his creation

A dress made completely of human hair is on show at the Museum of Liverpool.

The 15-stone piece was created by Artistic Director Ryan Edwards from leading Liverpool hair salon, Voodou.

It is worth £50,000, took over 300 hours to make and contains 1,500 crystals and 12 underskirts, while 250 metres of hair were also hand styled and dyed by Mr Edwards.

The Voodou director said: “When we made the dress in 2011 it was a chance for us to show our creativity and originality and it’s a fantastic feeling to see the finished product on display in the Museum of Liverpool one year later.

“A lot of hard work went into making it so we’re all really proud of the exhibition which takes pride of place in the foyer.”

Famous Liverpool designer Thelma Madine, who found fame on Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, also played a part in the creation, along with eight members of staff from her dress designing shop, Nico.

The dress was declared the winner at the Alternative Miss Liverpool pageant as part of Homotopia. It is on show in the museum to celebrate Liverpool’s annual festival of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) arts and culture.

Homotopia boss Gary Everett said: “This pageant embraced everyone, irrespective of gender, race, age or sexuality and I think our participants reflected this. Miss Voodou’s dress was original, weird and wonderful and created with real artistry.”

The piece will remain in the museum until December, after which it will be moved to the Walker Art Gallery.

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