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Posted: May 20, 2017

Woman designs dress made from 20,000 salmon bones

A Chinook salmon leaps through water.
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A Chinook salmon leaps through water.

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

SITKA, Alaska —

You could call this a fishy fashion trend.

An Alaskan woman has created a dress made from 20,000 salmon bones.

The one-of-a-kind dress was a creative project four years in the making, according to designer Cynthia Gibson. Vertebrae from the Chinook salmon were used to create the dress, according to JuneauEmpire.com. Gibson said she's had a fascination with nature since she was a child, and once she moved to Sitka, her passion for salmon was sparked.

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It was a painstaking process to clean and disinfect the 20,000 bones, then stringing them like pearls to construct the dress.

The dramatic results were displayed at the Wearable Arts Show, an annual fundraiser in Sitka.

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