Bizarre Portraits of People Dressed In the Food They’d Like to Eat


Hunger Pains is a very… different series of portraits by NYC-based photographer Ted Sabarese. For each of the photographs, Sabarese asked his model one simple question: “What are you craving at the moment?” He then took the food described, had them turned into clothing items, and photographed the models wearing the things they’d like to eat.

The photographs were shot back in January of 2009, nearly two years before Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2010.

15 designers were involved in Sabarese’s photo shoot, and each of the garments took hours to cook, create, and assemble.





The artichoke gown above took a whopping six hours to create. The model had to stand the entire time while the designers attached each individual artichoke leaf.

You can find a behind-the-scenes video showing how the shoot was done here. Head on over to Sabarese’s website to see more of his work. (He regularly turns strange portrait ideas into projects. Two years ago he photographed people posing with the fish they look like).

(via NPR via Photojojo)

Image credits: Photographs by Ted Sabarese

  • Jacob Seirup Nielsen

    This will receive a lot of pretentious comments about waste of food, lack of artistic elements and other related subjects to the bickering photographer who thinks he is the only one to make great things.

  • Allen Arrick

    I am beholden to the amazing artistic and creative message that is “waffle pants.”

  • 3ric15

    Lady Gaga is missing…

  • Dan

    What! No bacon?

  • Burnin Biomass

    Holy cow… that one dude has some HUGE raviolis!

  • Alan Wood


  • Jesse

    none yet.

  • Duke Shin


  • Bar

    Big Mac, enyone?

  • herzco

    More schtick. Why PetaPixel, why? Do photographers who have a body of work that is not just some cutesy samey crap not appeal to you?

  • aaa

    waste of food – yes. artistic value – there is some

  • elektrojan

    is this last one a “meat skirt”? or is it tongue…??? yummi !

  • Tzctplus -

    How lucky they are all good looking.. ..

  • Tzctplus -

    Ironic that criticising somebody dressing models with food could be considered pretentious.. .

  • Stlopus

    That last women doesn’t look as though she eats steak or pork rinds.

  • misha lieven

    wow , crazy but actually quite cool
    from a distance I thought it was real clothing.