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Paper couture gown by samster12 Paper couture gown by samster12
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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janinesmith54 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a stunning gown. Extremely creative work.
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ChameleonCove Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can fit it if I try.
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crowburd Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I proabably could wear it... This is amazing!
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Ayiiiiin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Nice! I just did this too... with a barbie XD
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le-jour-du-mort Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
this is quite amazing :)
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slawgolem Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I collect all interesting items made of paper. your work match to my my paper collection
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SpellCasterBlackrose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woah! I thought at first it was a real gown. Amazing!
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
fabulous!
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prettypurdy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
what kind of paper did you use... it is beautiful... very talented
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seishuku-yaiba-aoru Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
its gorgeous!! it totally fired up my passion for design^^
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samster12 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
wow thanks! I'm happy that you're inspired! :)
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seishuku-yaiba-aoru Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
your welcome:D
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ThunderbirdsAreGo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
this would be so cool to wear as long as there were no fires or smokers around!
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lotusangelXD Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*shocked*
how......how......how long did it take u guys to finish this recycled paper gown? it looks like...it 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-locket Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student Photographer
wow amazing love this
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seystudios Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional
Wow that's beautiful! Did you sew or glue it all?
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the-photo-booth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Student
So how did you finally sew on the paper without the rippling?
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taintedwitch Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007   Writer
amazing! is all i can come up with to say, just pure amazing!
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FlawedFigurine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
It's gorgeous.

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

*is happy*
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Bunnay Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
can u please tell me, how did u manage to make all those smaller fans stick together like that?
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samster12 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
I think it was glue actually! It was stuck on top of a shower curtain. :P
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Bunnay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
lol aww thats inspiring. im makeing one myself so im takeing in any ideas i can get.

thankyou ^^
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ShadowTheif Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007   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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PrincessAmarante Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Inspiration, inspiration everywhere. Lovely.
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de-tec-tive Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006   Interface Designer
awesome! you should check out the work by Zoe Bradley (if you don't already know who she is), she does awesome couture paper stuff.
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jenzycat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006  Student
That is fascinating! I could never wear it in Oregon... :D
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:iconbeautiful---insanity:
Holy shizz! That is absolutely amazing.. I'd definitely wear it :D
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melus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
Wow, that really is amazing! Is it wearable? It seems very fragile - did you sew it all or did you use glue too?
It's such a cool idea! .)
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