03 Jul '11, 7am

Drop dead gorgeous: fashion design for deceased

Drop dead gorgeous: fashion design for deceased

Fashion designer Pia Interlandi dresses (live) model Tarryn Handcock posing with one of her outfits designed for those going to their grave, in Melbourne on July 1, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP SYDNEY - IT WAS when fashion designer Pia Interlandi was preparing her beloved grandfather for his funeral, complete in his best suit and leather shoes, that she realised her calling was in death wear. 'Doing up his leather shoes...I was just like 'where is he going to be walking?' Really. He doesn't need shoes,' the quietly-spoken, black-clad 26-year-old said. The experience helped prompt Interlandi to create her shroud clothing, hemp and silk garments designed to wrap the body and head, which she hopes can provide personalised and sympathetic coverings for the dead. 'People think that when I say I am a death wear designer I make fancy suits and people go 'Oh, I want to be buried in a gold ...

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