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5 materials you probably didn't know are used to make clothes

From glasses made of vinyl to hats formed with chocolate, the fashion industry doesn't always settle for glass and cotton. Some designers prefer to work with material that isn't usually associated with the catwalk.

Nowadays, it's hard to come up with revolutionary new styles. It seems that practically everything has been tried out before. That's why some fashion designers, eager to show off creativity, go for materials that some of us would consider a bit weird.

A famous example is the dress American singer Lady Gaga wore during the MTV Music Video Awards in 2010. She accepted her prize clad in a garment made of raw beef. The, um, tasteful ensemble created by Argentinean designer Franc Fernandez was accented with a hat, shoes and a handbag made of steak.

Equally edible, but less smelly, are dresses shown at the Salon du Chocolat. Part of the opening ceremony at the annual fair promoting the latest chocolate trends is a huge fashion show presenting dresses made of the world's favorite treat.

Each year, renowned chocolate producers get together with famous fashion designers like France's Jean-Claude Jitrois and Christophe Guillarme to create dresses, hats, corsages and even jewelry made of chocolate.

One of the biggest challenges is to make them so durable that they won't melt during the show - a difficult endeavor once room temperatures reach 30 degree Celsius (upwards of 85 degrees Fahrenheit).

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