Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Tis the season! This dress is entirely made of wrapping paper

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

If you can't indulge in a bit of fashionable frivolity at Christmas, when can you?

Two aspiring Irish designers put their skills to the test as they put 30 hours of work into creating a dress made entirely out of wrapping paper. Sarah Nolan (29) and her classmate Janet, who are students at the Galway Technical Institute, were tasked with creating the dress for the Galmont Hotel in the city, keen to put a special twist on the normal festive photocall, promoting their gift vouchers.

"On a Thursday, I got a phone call looking for someone possible to make a dress out of paper if possible and I do book binding so I have some experience with paper. On Friday and  Saturday, we did some sketches and tried to figure out what paper will do because it doesn’t work like fabric, you have to make it do what you want," she told Independent.ie Style.

The result is an asymmetric silver midi dress with layered details.

"We used folding paper, creasing paper, seeing if it would stay up or fall the way we wanted it to and half the time it didn't.  We decided to go for a sleek, elegant looking dress to fit the image and we didn't want it to be too obvious were had made it from paper. Thankfully the paper we found behaved very nicely," she explained.

"We used a black bodycon dress underneath so the model wasn't cold and uncomfortable and then we made a separate bodice and separate skirt from paper. Most of it was made folding paper to create texture...and really sturdy double sided tape."

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