ARTS & CULTURE
08/10/2011 04:03 am ET | Updated Oct 09, 2011

Artist Painstakingly Weaves Dresses From Balloons

Japanese Rei Hosokai's work is redefining 'Pop' art, but don't expect soup cans. Hosokai's medium is, of all things, balloons, and her breathtaking dresses get a closer examination in the video below.

Hosokai is a superstar on the balloon scene, winning the top prize at Belgium's international "Millenium Jam" balloon festival two years running; her work has also begun to infiltrate couture, and new pieces run upwards of $2000.

The ephemeral nature of Hosokai's creations is not lost on their buyers; balloon dresses are the mayflies of high fashion, lasting only about a day before they begin to deflate or become discolored. Nevertheless, the creation of the pieces is extremely labor-intensive, with the dress in the video requiring 2000 balloons to weave.

Watch the video below to get a closer look at her intricate process and learn why she hopes her work will help in the healing process of post-disaster Japan.