Paper material is in some contexts considered basic and unsophisticated, however designers and artists often approach the well-known material and explore the expressional value of paper craft. This work aims to investigate an alternative process of making dress, by using paper as material to interpret wearing in order to highlight the making process in the result, through the diverse properties of paper sheets and binders. The series of examples in ‘Paper Wear’ suggests an alternative language in form and expression, as well as an investigation in an unconventional process of making dress.
The investigation has given a further understanding of dress and the importance of experimental design thinking, as well as a deeper understanding of the role of the human body in dress. The outcome of the investigation creates a tension between a well-known material used in the process of making and the finished result, challenging traditional garment conventions and how garments are perceived in relation to material, function and body.
Photos: Daniela Ferro