When we were younger, dressing up meant raiding our parents’ wardrobe, so you can imagine how much we love the fancy dress creations of this four year old from the US. With a bit of help from her mum Angie, the little girl, known by her nickname Mayhem, makes dresses from tape, glue and paper (as well as gift bags, foil, toilet paper and the odd silk scarf), all of which are posted on Angie’s Instagram and blog Fashion By Mayhem. We introduce some of our favourites. Images: instagram.com/2sisters_angie.
The Shark Dress
Edgy Jaws couture after Mayhem’s first visit to an aquarium.
The Tropical Dress
‘The ideas are pretty much a 50/50 split, but Mayhem constructs a lot more than most people would probably believe,’ Angie tells The Huffington Post. ‘That's one of the best things about this project, I see her learning new skills every single day.’
The Frozen Dress
Inspired by the Disney film, this picture was captioned, ‘I asked Elsa to please unfreeze the kingdom. And I'm happy to report that we have a forecasted temp of 52 for tomorrow :)’.
The Dreamy Dress
This makes us think of floating on clouds. Bee-autiful.
The Golden Globes Dress
‘I actually don't consider myself to be the least bit crafty. Don't ask me to build something out of popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners... you'll be incredibly disappointed!’ says Angie in the HP interview.
The Checked Dress
Striking a pose in green. We’re thinking of a 60s chessboard.
The Showstopper Dress
Angie wrote about this yellow number, ‘We're calling this one "a request for yet another Taylor Swift dress gone horribly wrong so we changed course and it ended up more fabulous than the inspiration"... Too long of a title??? ;)’
The Rainbow Dress
Giving My Little Pony a run for its money…
The Minnie Dress
A classic. Mayhem told her mum, ‘My ears are sparkly so the dress should be too. Obviously, Mom.’
The Gift Dress
Forget saving it for next Christmas – this is the best way to make use of leftover wrapping paper.
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