I am currently in the process of completing a project where we have been instructed to make a garment, which can be worn, out of paper. I knew instantly that I wanted to do something quite theatrical rather than focus on high-end fashion design. Costume design has always appealed to me. It is such an important tool when shaping a character; it is the first thing people notice when they enter the stage. Furthermore, the designs and garments in some cases need to be grand and bold in order to be seen by those at the back of the auditorium. I wanted to centre on this extravagant nature of clothes design.
During the research period I came across this incredible tumblr account: The Cutting Class. They have these in-depth evaluations of the latest collections from the top designers, as well as how-to articles. Their About Us on the website states that “The Cutting Class provides an online analysis of key haute couture and ready-to-wear collections with a focus on construction techniques and design methodology.” I’m going to link some of the pages I discovered and found most useful for my research.
All of these collections have an incredible sense of class and royalty. They are large and extensive works, with complicated details as well as, in some cases, rich and deep colours from expensive looking materials. This regal and bold style is what I wanted to recreate in my paper project. Many of the designs have a historical element to them; large head pieces and face masks have a hint of the Elizabeth Age. The rich wore heavily detailed and intricate neck and head pieces; I was intrigued by the idea of combining this with the more modern shapes and designs created through the use of a laser cutter. The aim was to create a modern day twist on the traditional ruff.
Make sure you check out The Cutting Class website. I’ll upload a post with my final paper piece soon!