14/08/2014 12:46 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Condom Dresses Actually Exist Thanks To Designer Adriana Bertini

Fashion designer Adriana Bertini has created a collection of couture dresses made from condoms.

And if we hadn't told you that you probably wouldn't have guessed. Upon first glance of Brazilian artist Adriana's creations you wouldn't know they were actually made of condoms. But they are. And they're kind of beautiful.

The Sao Paulo-based artist makes dresses from expired or defective condoms to promote safe sex as social activist encouraging AIDS/HIV prevention.

The 43-year-old's designs are currently being exhibited at the International AIDS conference in Melbourne and are a sight to behold.

When we first heard about condom dresses we pictured a women dressed in a giant Johnny, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover Adriana's creations are impressive enough to wear on the red carpet.

"Condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love," she told Daily Mail Australia.

"I want my art to be everywhere reminding people of the necessity of prevention when you have sex."

She told how she uses thousands of condoms on each design and has become an expert in the 40 different types of cutting techniques she employs when working with the latex contraception.

"The maximum number of condoms I've used on a gown was a wedding dress, which used about 80,000 condoms," she said.

"But I don't make gowns to be worn. I use their shape to translate what I feel."

Her dresses have already been showcased in exhibitions and on fashion runways across the world from New York and Brazil to Shanghai and Portugal, with the most recent destination being Melbourne.

"The reaction of the public is always surprising. There are some people that hide and whisper, other laugh or don't like it and say it's inappropriate."

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