Thelma Levett Is No Ordinary Balloon Lady!


334 Words 3-Minute Listen

Anyone that can twist a balloon into a work of art no matter how simple, is definitely talented. However, Thelma Levett AKA Smudgy Clown takes balloon twisting to a whole new level with her masterpiece creations.

Over the years, she has made life-sized tricycles, Barbie dolls and even a pink Cadillac that she 'drove' around town much to the chagrin of the local authorities. Now, she has come up with something even more incredible - A real-life wedding dress complete with lace sleeves.

While the 54-year old who lives in Leicestershire, England, has made balloon skirts and even dresses for her two daughters in the past, this intricate wedding gown, inspired by the one Kate Middleton wore at her April wedding, is a first.

As you can imagine, it was not easy task - For one, because the balloons do not stay inflated forever, she had to complete the dress in a record four days - during which time she not only blew and twisted the 5,000 balloons it took to create the dress, but also, entwined them carefully into the flowing skirt. While it was one of the most challenging projects she had ever done, the end result as you can see, was quite stunning.

Vicky, her 21-year old daughter for whom the dress was made, says that while wearing it is a bit challenging because she is always afraid of popping a balloon or two, the dress is extremely comfortable once she has it on. That's the same reason she would not wear it for her big day. However, that does not seem to matter to the artist, who just loves creating things out of thin air.

Ms. Levett, who works as a party entertainer, began playing around with balloons about 15 years ago and has never looked back - Her biggest desire? To create an ensemble for American pop star, Lady Gaga! To read more about this 'magical' artist and see some of her other fun balloon creations check out


Cite Article
  • balloon popThursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 am
    she is creative i like the car ( i googled it) She is amazing the wedding dress doesn't look like it has balloons! well done please like
    • sparklesing
      sparklesingTuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:52 am
      i wish there was a picture
      • BALL IS LIFEThursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:16 am
        • Miranda jones Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm
          i couldent see a picture but i saw other photos
          • hiFriday, November 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm
            that looks hard to do
            • goodgirlFriday, October 14, 2016 at 10:27 am
              haha that is funny if it was me!
              • hihi2468
                hihi2468Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                I'm sure it will "pop" out! ;)
                • hernaday001
                  hernaday001Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:33 am
                  • awesome9Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                    • silverfootwolf
                      silverfootwolfWednesday, January 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                      woah!!!!! the car