Color Us Happy: Designers Team Up with Crayola to Create Dresses Made of Crayons
For its spring 2015 campaign, Bloomingdale's recruited the talents of seven designers to create exclusive pieces saturated in a bright, spring-ready hue—matched to an official Crayola color. The result? A fantastic rainbow-happy line-up of designs with the best color names, like Unmellow Yellow, Jungle Green, and Banana Mania. Better yet, each designer was challenged to bring their sketches to life using, you guessed it, crayons. And did they deliver.
In the spirit of fusing fashion and our favorite childhood coloring utensil, designers pieced together incredibly intricate (and impressive) one-of-a-kind masterpieces, complete with studded bustiers and crayon-lined skirts. They're currently on display at the Bloomindale's 59th Street location in New York City, but if you're not local, we took the liberty of bringing you an up close and personal look at each work of art.
Nanette Lepore (pictured at top)Crayola color: Unmellow Yellow
"It’s an optimistic and fearless color," the designer says of her sunny shade. "It demands attention because it deserves attention." She used crayon tips and ends to fashion an exquisitely three-dimensional textured bodice.
Rebecca TaylorCrayola color: Midnight Blue
"It’s modern and sophisticated while not being too serious," Taylor says. "Midnight Blue evokes confidence." She conveyed that confidence with a cut-out navy jumpsuit with a bodice completely studded with crayon tips.
Clover CanyonCrayola color: Mountain Meadow
"It's the color of clovers!" exclaims designer Rozae Nichols, who used the coloring utensil to line the collar and hemline on a flirty green shift.
Rebecca MinkoffCrayola color: Banana Mania
"Yellow is the color of optimism, happiness, and creativity," Minkoff says. "It brings to mind warmth and sunshine—the perfect feeling to have after our long, cold winter in N.Y.C." To illustrate that, she stacked the cheery crayon line by line, row by row on her easy collared dress.
Torn by Ronny KoboCrayola color: Bittersweet
The designer may have called Bittersweet, "feminine and fresh," but we think her use of the color and material is fierce. She studded the yoke and hemline, and dotted the rest with crayon disks.
ParkerCrayola color: Jungle Green
"Jungle Green is energetic and sure to bring any wardrobe back to life," say designers Derek Farrar and Laurieanne Gilner of their playful romper made of Crayola wrappers and lined crayons. "Not only is it environmentally sound, but it gives us a serious case of spring fever." Us too!