Photos by Deborah Feingold
“Ready to wear” means one thing in the fashion world, and quite another for designer Sylvia Heisel and Brooklyn accessories label Paper No. 9. Their “Ready-to-Wear-Away” dress, made from recycled paper distressed to look like leather, is hardly your run-of-the-mill sheath. As the dress reacts with body heat and friction over time, the top layers peel away to reveal hand-scrawled inspirational quotes from big thinkers like William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Confucius, and even Tupac Shakur. Obviously this dress isn’t for everybody, but for dreamers, artists, and iconoclasts, it’s nothing short of poetry.