The kicker? The one-of-a-kind fashion statement sold for $291,000! So. Wow. First, how did this woman dream up the dress design and second, who would pay that much for a dress made of rubber bands? Incidentally, the cost to make the dress was $85 in bands (about 20,000 of them) and 40 hours of time to construct it. Not a bad little profit then, is it?
Helen Wright, of Wales, was helping her daughter create loom band ideas and came up with the dress idea, asking a friend to pitch in, as she explained to the North Wales Daily Post: "My friend Katherine physically made it because she's out of work and gets bored. I said, why don't we make a dress from loom bands and Katherine said she'd be happy do do it because she's too ill to work. She did an hour here or there in between her house work to keep her busy."
She posted the dress for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $85 and things took off from there, with 137 bids made before it sold for almost $300,000! Helen told the Daily Post, "I'm still in shock and I can't believe it. I still won't believe it until... the money is in the bank."