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Paper couture gown

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For our final thesis project, we were required to make something out of recycled materials so three of my fellow artists and I decided to create a couture gown out of recylced paper taken from our beloved teachers' recycling boxes. There are three layers: the lowest was created out of folded newspaper (looks like a quilt) then we put a froggy shower curtain on top on which our top layer (the paper gown itself) was sewed onto. We created the layers by first crushing the paper to obtain some finer texture then folded them into accordian fans, reminiscent of our early childhood days dabbling in 'origami'. There were a lot of problems with the layers when we sewed them on because unwanted ripples had formed, destroying the overall shape of the gown. The top was made by cutting and weaving strips of paper together. We also made a paper purse to go with it but one of the girls took it. The gown is wearable: so long as you're that skinny which is quite impossible. The waist is about 25" wide and the model is give or take 5'8" in height. However the gown still exists in my basement in a crumpled heap.
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1536x2048px 730.49 KB
PENTAX Corporation
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Focal Length
10 mm
Date Taken
May 31, 2005, 5:12:02 PM
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janinesmith54Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a stunning gown. Extremely creative work.
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ChameleonCoveStudent Digital Artist
I can fit it if I try.
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crowburdHobbyist General Artist
I proabably could wear it... This is amazing!
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AyiiiiinStudent Interface Designer
Nice! I just did this too... with a barbie XD
le-jour-du-mort's avatar
this is quite amazing :)
slawgolem's avatar
I collect all interesting items made of paper. your work match to my my paper collection
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SpellCasterBlackroseHobbyist Artisan Crafter
woah! I thought at first it was a real gown. Amazing!
prettypurdy's avatar
what kind of paper did you use... it is beautiful... very talented
seishuku-yaiba-aoru's avatar
its gorgeous!! it totally fired up my passion for design^^
samster12's avatar
wow thanks! I'm happy that you're inspired! :)
ThunderbirdsAreGo's avatar
this would be so cool to wear as long as there were no fires or smokers around!
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lotusangelXDHobbyist Traditional Artist
*shocked* long did it take u guys to finish this recycled paper gown? it looks took u guys....more than months to make this!!
it's beautiful too~!
to me.....if i hadnt known it was a paper gown.....i would have thought tat it was an actual dress/wedding dress type......
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odile-locketStudent Photographer
wow amazing love this
seystudios's avatar
Wow that's beautiful! Did you sew or glue it all?
the-photo-booth's avatar
So how did you finally sew on the paper without the rippling?
taintedwitch's avatar
amazing! is all i can come up with to say, just pure amazing!
FlawedFigurine's avatar
It's gorgeous.

Hey, check it out! I could model the dress!

*is happy*
Bunnay's avatar
can u please tell me, how did u manage to make all those smaller fans stick together like that?
samster12's avatar
I think it was glue actually! It was stuck on top of a shower curtain. :P
Bunnay's avatar
lol aww thats inspiring. im makeing one myself so im takeing in any ideas i can get.

thankyou ^^
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ShadowTheif Traditional Artist
I love the layering! You should put it somewhere different then in your basement,l ir keep in there and hang it up. It's really nice. The paper fans give it a really interesting look.
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Inspiration, inspiration everywhere. Lovely.
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