This dress uses 20 umbrella pelts collected from the gutters of Berkeley and New York, largely by Anadamayi. Anandamayi also made the rosettes on the bodice (from the little bits on top of the umbrellas).
Aye, these garments are truly made of umbrellas. Except for the lining of both bodice and skirt, the ensemble is 100% reused Umbrella skin. The goal behind the Umbrella Project is, as you might guess, to reuse the umbrellas that people casually toss aside when they (the umbrellas) fail structurally. Next up is a raincoat for Anadamayi --we're thinking with an Inverness cape.