Balloon Dresses in Egypt
Hi friends! I’m so excited to share my most resent adventure with you. For ten days I was making balloon dresses in Egypt for the the grand opening of the Mall of Egypt in Giza. I made so many new friends, and had such a wonderful time. Brought in by the folks at Dino Activation, each day required a new dress, and because of some time constraints, I only had about 5 hours to make each one. An average dress takes me about 8 hours, so this was a crunch, but the Egyptian crew was so helpful, the whole trip was a breeze.
Day 1: A Cotten Candy Dream
The lovely Elina Moore from Russia was tasked with modeling the dresses each day. Her sweet face, and wonderful personality, made her a fantastic model. On the first day, I chose to make a pink Marie Antoinette style balloon dress complete with braided detailing, bell sleeves and flowers. The top of the dress was made with long skinny balloons, while the skirt was made with more traditional round balloons.
Day 2: A Metallic Spin
On the second day I wanted something a bit more flowy, so I created this metallic balloon dress. Elina had a great time spinning around while she modeled and posed for pictures.
Day 3: A Balloon Dress Under the Sea
By day three, body artist Louisa Stevens and I decided to join forces and start painting Elina’s face. Louisa’s paint looked gorgeous with this under the sea themed balloon dress. Personally, I think the three of us made a pretty good team.
Day 4: A Beautiful Fairy
By day four I was really having a blast making balloon dresses in Egypt. I was also picking up speed, so I decided to add some wings to this one. This precocious kiddo was feeling a little jealous, so I made her a pair of wings so she could play too!
Day 5: A Rainbow Explosion
This rainbow dress had a little extra style to it. I loved how much attitude Elina brought to the balloon costume. Of course Louisa did a fantastic job on her face.
Day 6: An Enchanted Garden
On the sixth day of balloon dress madness, I made a blue dress with pink roses. Oh, and I found a little extra time to make this smiling cutie a balloon hat.
Day 7: Sassy in Red
I went with something a little more elegant to mix things up on the 7th day. Elina, of course, rocked it!
Day 8: The Moulin Rouge
I think this one was my personal favorite. I modeled this balloon dress of the costumes I saw in Moulin Rouge.
Day 9: The Triplets
As we came to the weekend, a couple of extra models were added into the mix. All three of these dresses were made in five hours. So yes. My hands were quite sore by this point!
Day 10: The Garden Princess
On the final day, I made a woodland fairy themed dress to capture Elina’s sweet personality. I was sad to say goodbye, but so grateful to have made so many new friends, and have the opportunity to work with such amazing artist.
I was not the only artist on location. This being the grand opening of the Mall of Egypt, an amazing international crew of artists were brought in to celebrate the event. There was everything from body artists from England to a balancing act from Korea, sand castle artists from Australia to a graffiti artist from Poland.