Hunger Pains: Photo Series of Edible Apparel

woman dressed in waffles and breads
What are you craving at the moment?

Hunger Pains is just another one of Ted Sabarese’s adventurous forays into the whimsical and bizarre. The pictorial depicts each model, garbed in their favorite food. The edible apparel, for lack of any better term, was painstakingly assembled by 15 designers. The artichoke gown, for example, took 6 hours to create, and the poor model had to stand the entire time. It took hours to prepare each of the original, one-of-a-kind creations, which also had to be cooked first. The designers were simply guided by each model’s reply to the question, “What are you craving at the moment?”

woman dressed in strapless dress of salad greens and violet bra

man dressed in waffles and fruits

This pictorial series certainly takes the adage “you are what you eat,” to a new level. The photo shoot actually took place in January 2009, preceding Lady Gaga’s now famous meat dress worn at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010 by over a whole year. Lady Gaga’s dress which was designed by Argentine Franc Fernandez and styled by Nicola Formichetti, was eventually featured by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in a touring exhibit.

man covered in pasta for clothes

woman covered in raw meat for clothes

Ted Sabarese is decribed in his web site as a happy guy that breaks a smile for “no apparent reason.” He comes from both an academic and advertising industry background. He once taught English, occasionally writes fiction, and dabbles in graphic design and creative directing. A camera has been a constant companion, and he received formal training in the craft at the New School in New York City. Sabarese recalls the Hunger Pains photo shoot and the amount of planning it consumed:

“It took a ton of planning, but I finally shot my personal project “Hunger Pains” on January 25th. Unfathomable designs by Ami Goodheart of SOTU Productions (and her incredible staff)? Check. Just the right talent? Check. A studio full of food and 16 hours to make it happen? Check.

I’ve had a fascination, lately, with the relationship between people and what they eat. The models wore clothes made entirely of real food that depict a meal each person was craving. It was a wild process creating the outfits. “

Click here to view the behind-the-scenes video.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.