The official biggest Lego fan has been found, and he’s used his love for the plastic building bricks to keep his wife ahead of the fashion trends. Could Lego-wear be the next hot ensemble coming down the runways in future fashion weeks? Brian D’Agostine may have ignited that very trend by making his wife a dress from 12,000 pieces of Lego.
The motivation for Brian to create the dress for his wife, in addition to giving her a new piece to wear, was intended for the Bricks Cascade, a yearly Lego convention and exposition. The event involves the adult fans of the bricks coming together to show off creations and to build unique objects out of Lego.
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Popsugar shares about D’Agostine’s contributions to the competition.
“For D’Agostine, it meant using 12,000 pieces to make an epic two-part dress. As D’Agostine strolled around the event with his wife, they were constantly asked if it was actually Legos – and if it was comfortable (the verdict is that it’s “relatively” comfortable). Their most popular fans were teen girls, older women, and a few men who were extremely courteous.”
Brian also wanted to appeal to his male attendees to the convention, so to match his “Little Black Dress,” he also created a Lego bow tie, belt, and glasses. D’Agostine spoke about how the male visitors to his display reacted to his creations.
“Many of the guys were reasonable enough to ask first before snapping photos or feeling the dress.”
As for the process for creating the epic two-piece dress, Brian shared these details with CNET’s Crave Blog.
“I finally broke the dress into a bodice and a skirt. They each rested on different parts to distribute the weight better. The resulting fabric was very barrel-shaped. With less than a week to go I experimented with pleats and was able to get the skirt to rest on the hips rather than rely on friction.”
The whole dress weighs roughly seven pounds (3.2 kilograms). Challenges presented themselves along the way while Brian D’Agostine created the fascinating piece. Issues involving creating a piece acting as clothing that wouldn’t fall apart on the wearer were obviously things he had to contend with. In addition to ensuring the dress held together, Brian was also concerned about the dress coming out looking fashionable. As well-made as the dress ended up being, D’Agostine’s wife still opted to wear a spandex under-dress to ensure there were no unforeseen or unexpected “wardrobe malfunctions,” as the publication relays.
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The entire dress took a full four months for D’Agostine to create. Although those not fully familiar with the full versatility of Lego, may assume the pieces are simply stacking blocks, this is not the case. The pieces used to make the little black number are much more complex.
Lego Technic pieces were the go-to choice when Brian set out to make his masterpiece for the yearly convention. Crave Blog relays the structure of these complex pieces from the Lego brand.
“Lego Technic is a series of interconnecting plastic rods and parts used to create complex models, often with motorized and moving parts. For the bulk of the dress, D’Agostine used around 7,000 Technic liftarms, pieces with rounded ends and holes running down the middle.”
It all appears to have been worth the effort, as Brian shares in Dag’s Bricks newsletter. The Lego creative came out victorious in the category he entered at the convention.
“I won that trophy in Technic for the dress. But also art anyway for my enlarged Dag’s Bricks…And did I mention that Bricks Cascade is one of the most generous LEGO conventions there is? In door prizes alone I received about $400 worth of bulk elements this year. Include the 3 large prize sets valued at around $360 and at least $30 for the Fabuland set and I count almost $800 of street value, not including the brick built trophies.”
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