Dame Kiri Te Kanawa rocks a $40 Zara bed sheet as a skirt at prestigious awards show

Remember that time you ruined a perfectly good pair of jeans by chopping off the legs to make lop-sided denim short shorts?

What about when you thought it was cool to 'customise' a pristine vintage T-shirt, but weirdly, chopping it into a V neck made you look like a try hard and destroyed your chances of one day selling it on TradeMe?

If you've ever fallen victim to a DIY fashion disaster, it's worth taking notes from Kiwi icon Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; who this weekend gave the most elegant of middle fingers to overpriced designers by wearing a bed sheet as a skirt.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa rocks a $40 Zara bed sheet as a skirt at prestigious awards show
Photo credit: Zara

That's right, the angel-voiced-diva-turned-upcyling-queen presented an award at the Singer of the World competition wearing a floral Zara Home bed sheet which retails for about NZ$40.

Wearing a sheet out in public is normally reserved for children dressed as ghosts on Halloween or drunk uni students at a toga party, but no longer.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa rocks a $40 Zara bed sheet as a skirt at prestigious awards show
Photo credit: BBC

The Kiwi opera singer told reporters she'd been "looking for a hydrangea print for years," and that her "prayers were answered" when she came across the bedding, according to The Guardian.

Te Kanawa had her dressmaker turn the sheet into a skirt, which I suspect is a vital part of the equation should you wish to rock anything other than actual clothing at a black tie event.

With no discernible sewing skills to speak of, I won't be trying this at home; despite the fact I once purchased a tape measure, tailor's chalk and dressmaking scissors in order to look the part.

The Kiwi Soprano announced her retirement from singing publicly in 2017, but it's delightful to know she'll continue to grace us with her presence and fashion wizardry at various events.

The only thing I could possibly fault her on is not utilising one of the pillow cases that comes in the set to create some form of hat and/or handbag, but that's just nitpicking.

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