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Edmonton woman makes dress out of blood

Melissa Trotter has always loved horror movies. That's why a few weeks ago, it didn't seem all that out of the ordinary to spend the day throwing blood at her naked friend.

'I thought ‘huh, I should do that with blood sometime,’ and I did'

A photo by an Edmonton photographer featuring a woman wearing a dress made out of blood is going viral. Full photo is below but a warning, it is graphic. (Melissa Trotter)

Melissa Trotter has always loved horror movies. That's why it didn't seem all that out of the ordinary to spend the day throwing blood at her naked friend a few weeks ago.

There was a point to the macabre spectacle: a photo. 

"I had seen milk dresses — pictures of photographers making dresses out of milk and other liquids," said Trotter. "I thought 'huh, I should do that with blood sometime,' and I did."

Trotter said she called her friend Anja Love, a model, and said, "Blood dress, you in?"

Just like that, it was on.
Edmonton photographer Melissa Trotter said that she has always been fascinated with macabre imagery. (Supplied)

"We took her out to the field," said Trotter. "Her sister Sherri Landsman had done the makeup for her and was my official blood thrower, and I took shots of the blood hitting her body."

The blood was created from water, food colouring, icing sugar and cocoa powder.

Apparently the model didn't complain about all the sticky liquid being thrown on her repeatedly. But she did get cold at times — it is Edmonton in spring after all.

In order to create the effect, Trotter had to use 10 different photos layered on top of each other.

Trotter has been doing photography professionally for about two years. She recently opened her company, Stolen Innocence, two months ago.

The picture has gone viral, seen over a million times on the photo sharing site Imgur.

Trotter said the photo fits in with the darker and alternative themes she explores with her work.

"I just love having something creepy and weird but still making it kind of high fashion."

A photo by an Edmonton photographer featuring a woman wearing a dress made out of blood is going viral. (Melissa Trotter)