By Diane Small
Paper fashion may be nothing new. In fact, there was an exhibition entitled RRRIP! in from the Atopos collection and curated by Vassilis Zidianakis in Antwerp a few years ago. There’s even paper ‘makeup’ – Paperself is the wonderful label that created the dramatic paper lashes seen on the evil ‘capital’ gameshow hosts in the Hunger Games. But Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry, co-founders of the Paper-Cut-Project are undoubtedly two of the most talented -and patient- paper designers around.
Since 2009, the duo have been creating headgear from intricately cut sheets of paper. The Atlanta-based partners’ combination of fashion and art has put them in demand with everyone from window dressers and beauty brands to other designers and museums.
Hermès, Cartier, Kate Spade and Valentino are but a few brands that have commissioned their work. Admired on the runways, in magazine editorials and art installations, these paper sculptures cross over various disciplines.
Pieces that particularly stand out are the paper wigs for the “Hollywood Costume” exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We love the irony of how these elaborate, sky-high 18th century hairpieces are actually made from the most basic of materials, all put together with a basic knife and some glue.
Indeed, the message behind the Paper Cut Project seems to be that the most incredible beauty often comes from the simplest of means.
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