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Eat It Or Wear It, The Choice Is Yours!

Updated on January 9, 2015

For the creation of his Hunger Games photography, Ted Sabarese asked his models what food they were craving and then created completed clothing for them fashioned from the very food they craved.

Photo: Ted Sabarese
Photo: Ted Sabarese | Source

In exploring people’s relationship with food, Ted reflected this through his photography. His idea “was to visually suggest an actual meal the model was craving by having them wear it.” (

Photo: Ted Sabarese
Photo: Ted Sabarese | Source

This project was shot in 2009, prior to Lady Gaga, and involved fifteen designers. Each outfit took hours to cook, create, and assemble.

Photo: Ted Sabarese
Photo: Ted Sabarese | Source

Designer Amy Goodheart of SOTU productions was the mastermind behind the designs.

Photo: Ted Sabarese
Photo: Ted Sabarese | Source

The artichoke gown took over six hours to complete during which time the model stood as each leaf was attached to her body. The gown was designed by Daniel Feld and Wesley Nault of Project Runway.

Photo: Ted Sabarese
Photo: Ted Sabarese | Source

Which fabulous food item of Ted's would you like to wear?

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A behind the scenes peek at the creation of the fashionable foods by Ted in Hunger Pains.

Hunger Pains

Ted Sabarese spent time as a college English Teacher, graphic designer, fiction writer, and advertising creative director before deciding on his career as a photographer.


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      Daphne D. Lewis 3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      Thank you so much, aesta1! It was fun to do, and I love finding artists who create something just a little different.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is truly original. So creatively done.

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      Daphne D. Lewis 3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      Patience would definitely be required to complete a project such as one of these. I believe that movement is also very restricted in this type of clothing as in the case of the pasta ensemble. A portion of the pasta seems to have made its way to the floor beside the model. In addition, his entire outfit was created while he was in a sitting position giving me the feeling that if he stood, his shorts might also end up on the floor, and we would discover that there was no back to them. I did enjoy the end result, though.

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      temptor94 3 years ago

      Wow! Love the waffle pants and the pasta ensemble :) Takes a lot of patience both for the model and the designer attaching the pieces, but the end result is so cool..

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      Daphne D. Lewis 3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      Those waffle pants are definitely unique! I can't imagine trying to wear them anywhere. I couldn't find any meat clothing by Ted at all. It either wasn't a favorite of his or maybe the "wearing time" was shorter. Lady Gaga must have had a different designer for hers.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      The look of the Artichoke Dress is interesting. The waffle pants are funny. No meat dresses!

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      Daphne D. Lewis 3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      Who could pass up ravioli shorts? I'm still considering an artichoke dress, but the photographer said the wearing time is pretty short with this line of clothing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow!! Now that was different and very interesting. I'm a pasta guy myself! Thanks :)


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