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Local actress makes a dress out of Orlando Weekly issues

January 17, 2014

Photo: Adam Arnali, for Zero Dark Cinema.

Local actress Lindsi Jeter had an idea – she wanted to do an “anything but clothing” photoshoot, in which she would wear something gritty, grungy and inexpensive to make. She says she wanted to use something that anyone could find around the house. So she used old issues of Orlando Weekly.

“I like finding new purposes for things, like making a dress out of duct tape and newspapers, and I really like the size and compactness of it,” Jeter says. “The Weekly was so manageable to work with, and I just had the idea and I did it.”

She says it took her two and a half to three hours to make the dress, using nothing but the Weekly and duct tape. She used two layers of tape, stuck together so the sticky side didn’t touch her skin, to make the bodice. The rest is made from old issues that were folded and manipulated to create a garment. She wore the dress like second skin for the shoot, and then, after it was over, Jeter trashed her living example of hobo chic. She didn’t really have much choice. In order to take it off, she had to have someone help cut her out of it.


Photo: Adam Arnali, for Zero Dark Cinema.

“I know now how I would’ve saved it,” she says. “If I used a third material for the dress, like a ribbon, I could have corseted it up the back, but I did end up trashing the dress to get it off.”

Jeter is now working on making a menswear suit to match the dress. You’re most likely wondering who the lucky guy is who’ll get to model her next creative concoction. Nobody’s been chosen yet – do we have any takers?


Photo: Adam Arnali, for Zero Dark Cinema.

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  • Jacquelynne Faith Bernstein

    Lindsi is a talented, hard-working artist and deserves every bit of exposure she gets, plus these pictures are rockin’. I mean…how many women can pull off that eye makeup? She still looks strong and beautiful with a bit of vulnerability. Nice work to everyone.

  • Rhubarb Cat

    What? She looks like she was hit in the face with a paint ball while wearing garbage.

  • kagey

    Awesome, see her performing in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Opening MArch 14 for Roman Road Productions

  • Guest

    I agree, the make up styling isn’t pulling it off. The dress is a cool idea, but imo the hair and make up needed to be high fashion to make the look work.

  • Jenna Michele Shumate

    I agree, the styling isn’t pulling it off. The dress is a cool
    idea, but imo the hair and make up needed to be high fashion to make the
    look work.

  • Ashley Nicole

    This shot is fabulous! I LOVE how the makeup and hair is consistent with the dress and location! This screams fashion. When you look at some photography you can’t tell who took the shot, it looks pretty standard. However, almost instantly you can tell if it’s an Adam/zero dark photo as his pictures have their own unique vibe to it! Also I had the pleasure of working with him and the MUA, Whitney…I won’t ever go to another duo!

  • Adam Arnali

    wow cool!

  • Adam Arnali