Stop by the corner of 41st St. and 8th Avenue in Manhattan from now till early May and you might spy a regal figure holding court in what was once an empty retail space. No longer vacant, Blank SL8 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal now hosts TerraCycle’s Green Up Shop—a short-term showcase for the company’s upcycled products—as well as a life-size gown stitched from discarded candy wrappers.

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Photo by Tiffany Threadgould


TerraCycle commissioned the one-of-a-kind dress from Chicago couture designer Christina Liedtke, who was inspired by both the pop-up shop’s spring theme and Earth Day’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

More than 1,800 flowers were individually cut and sewn from 600 Peanut M&M wrappers.

To create the gown, more than 1,800 flowers were individually cut and sewn from 600 Peanut M&M wrappers, a time-consuming process that took over 100 hours of labor. (Five yards of silk charmeuse and silk shantung were used for the lining.)

Liedtke’s wearable artwork depicts flowers in bloom: The top of the dress displays the initial budding, while the middle portrays a “landscape of blooming vibrant poppies,” according to the designer. “Finally, the bottom of the dress expresses a collage of fully bloomed mature flowers,” she adds.

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