paper fashion

Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

PAPER FASHION Aesthetics aside, Urban Kraft underscores the bags’ “indestructibility” as their defining feature. Despite the lightweight construction, each carryall is…

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Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper

Barry has traveled the globe bringing her paper craft to art and fashion lovers everywhere, having had studios in London, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and now Berlin. Although she…

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A Gothic Wedding Dress, Made From Thousands of Paper Feathers

Dana Jasinkevica and Dita Enikova’s wedding dress is a page from a gothic fairy tale come to life. The two Latvian fashion students created Swan in Oil.Before and After from more…

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Does Aki Goto's $480 Paper-Bag Jacket Take Recycling Too Far?

If you thought Jil Sander’s $290 lunch sack bordered on the ridiculous, just wait till you get a load of Aki Oto’s paper-bag blazer. Cobbled together from a bunch of used…

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U.K. Mechanic Builds "Iron Man" Costume From Cardboard, Fiberglass

Avengers assemble, indeed. Mark Pearson, a car mechanic in West Yorkshire, spent 14 months constructing an Iron Man costume from 400 sheets of fiberglass-coated cardboard. “I…

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At Atlanta Int'l Airport, Nancy Judd's "Runway" of Recycled Fashion

ZERO WASTE Many of Judd’s pieces take upwards of 100 hours to complete. Through her deft manipulation of materials such as recycled bicycle inner tubes, aluminum soda cans,…

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Christian Tagliavini Recreates Historic Women's Clothing in Cardboard

A little whimsy for your Friday: these “cardboard ladies” by Swiss-Italian artist-photographer Christian Tagliavini. Shot in the manner of formal portraiture, his Dame di…

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Ivano Vitali Creates Zero-Waste Garments From Recycled Newspaper Yarn

READ ALL ABOUT IT To achieve the colors he wants without the use of dyes, Vitali sorts his printed matter by color, a process that takes foresight and patience. (He spent two years…

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Romy & Michele's Post-It Dresses, American Eagle's Denim Drive, Macy's True Fit

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino reunite for Entertainment Weekly’s cast reunions issue in custom-made Post-It dresses, now up for…

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Mark O'Brien Makes Cardboard Shoes From Recycled Beer Packaging

CARDBOARD KICKS While O’Brien is driven by any material that sparks imaginative storytelling, cardboard remains his medium of choice because of its innate ability to grab…

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Papier Couture's Lia Griffith Makes Stunning Gowns From Recycled Paper

PAPER CUTS While most of us were busy folding paper planes in the schoolroom, Griffith whiled away her hours by crafting paper dolls and cardboard cars. “I even made myself a pair of…

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7 Eco-Friendly (and Vegan!) Alternatives to Animal Leather

BETTER “LEATHERS” 1. Barkcloth 2. Cork 3. Recycled Ultrasuede 4. Glazed Cotton 5. Paper 6. Recycled PET Polyester 7. Degradable Polyurethane PUT A CORK IN IT Cork…

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Sylvia Heisel, Paper No. 9's Paper Dress Wears Off to Reveal Hidden Quotes

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.…

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Pratt Graduate Turns Paper, Tyvek Into a Pleated Dress Fit for a Ballerina

Industrial designer (and trained mathematician) Li-Rong Liao has a yen for folding. Whether it’s paper, cardboard, Tyvek, or felt, the recent Pratt Institute graduate delights in…

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Altanus Introduces "Patch," the World's First Biodegradable Paper Watch

Easy, tiger. Put your wrists where we can see them and step away from the Silly Bandz, nice and slow. Geneva-based watchmaker Altanus has a more creative solution for accessorizing with…

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Sarajevo Artist Creates Math-Inspired Origami Dresses From Paper, Textiles

BEAUTY AND BRAINS Amila Hrustic, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo, found herself gravitating towards geometry—specifically Platonic solids—during…

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Nel Linssen's Sculpted Paper Jewelry Offers Mathematical Perfection

Nel Linssen’s paper-craft jewelry may look disarmingly simple, but the Dutch designer’s crisp collars and razor-edged bracelets are anything but child’s play. Inspired…

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SF EVENT: "Living" Tissue Paper Dresses at You'd Be Naked Without Geometry

When Amy Williams, chair of fashion at San Francisco’s California College of Arts wanted to free the creative spirit of her students and get them to think spatially in the moment…

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