Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress, front
Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress, front
Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress, back
Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress, detail
Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress, materials
Photos by Sandrine Hahn.

Rusty Nail Cocktail Dress

Salvaged nails deck out this black dress to inspire recycling of building materials.

The rust adds a little color to these nails that were hand-sewn or cut and glued to the matching dress, purse, vintage shoes and hat. The 1950s retro cocktail dress and hat were created from canvas remnants. The hat features a sharp chicken wire veil accented with nail “feathers”. This ensemble took 125 hours to complete. Created in 2001.


Build green at home and at work!

Sustainable building involves recycling, reusing materials and reducing future energy needs. The result are buildings that are more economical to operate and maintain, healthier and more energy efficient for occupants, and less burdensome on the environment.