Berber Soepboer and Michiel Schuurman have created the world’s first Paint-By-Numbers dress.
There are many things that remind us of childhood- hopscotch, summer, Peeps. But one oft forgotten arbiter of our youth is the paint-by-numbers drawing guide- for many their first introduction to the art world. These guides allowed you to re-create famous pictures and scenes, or choose your own color scheme to create something totally your own. It’s this DIY spirit which fuels the new pet project of fashion designer Berber Soepboer and graphic designer Michiel Schuurman, who have masterminded the world’s first Paint-By-Numbers dress, sold out of Schuurman’s Studio in The Netherlands.
The dress, which retails at 250 Euros a pop (and comes complete with your own nifty set of textile markers) is sold in a standard black and white template, which wearers can make-up to match an outfit, skin tone, or season. The creators of the dress hope this will encourage the wearer to let their inner muses free and flex some artistic muscle.
From a recent interview with The Daily Mail:
‘The concept of the dresses make it possible that the cloth is partly designed by the person who wears it, which hopefully makes them more valuable to the wearer.
‘The result is a reaction to the rapidly changing fashion. The dress will be unique.’
In a time when many companies are trying to change the image of their wares from fast-fashion to treasured keepsake, even established brands like Keds are jumping on the DIY bandwagon- all in the hopes that when you make something your own it’ll have a permanent place in your closet.