Paper Art Fashion from Jum Nakao

You know that there is a fashion designer that destroys his collection right after the fashion show? Bizarre, don’t you think?

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The name of this designer is Jum Nakao from Brazil. He designs dresses made of paper that’s been laser-cut, carved, folded, and laced. The result is a beautiful collection of fragile dresses.

Nakao showed off his collection for the first time on the São Paulo’s Fashion Week in the summer of 2005. The manufacture of the collection took 700 hours to complete and almost 1 ton of paper was used.

An enormous amount of work and paper for the short life span of the collection. Just for 7 minutes the public could enjoy the collection. Right after the show the garments were on a dramatic way torn apart. This action is in itself an expression of art in its purest form.

Watch this YouTube Video to see the collection and the ‘torn apart’ act.

With this project Nakao wanted to show that it does not matter what material clothing is made of. Generally people only value materials such as gold, silk, bronze and so on. But in fact it does not matter at all.

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It shows people that their values need to be reanalyzed, that materiality doesn’t matter. That is why we destroy everything, to show that there is something more important, something much more lasting than what people see and value at first sight.

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Sculptural and brutal silhouettes by Maartje Dijkstra

Today I want to spend a blog about the Dutch fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra. I accidentally found her while searching the internet and her designes supprised me. The combination of illustration, music and sounds and fashion design makes her unique. These are the three elements she loves, so she says on her website.

Quote: “Her work has many manual details and is also very recognisable by her surreal hand-drawn illustrations. Imagination, electronic music, progressiveness and individuality are a big source of inspiration for her.”

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This collection, called Reflect Horridus,  she showed at the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. The Designs are inspired on the wired looking animal – Moloch Horridus- a lizard named thorny devil. It is a small and fragile animal but its looks are dangerous and mysterious. It’s meant as protection.

Maartje combines the fragility and strong looks in a natural way. Powerful looks and brutal silhouettes are combined with fragile elements like silk wires and reflection glass, the breakable aspect. It is very interesting to see how fashion transforms into art. Especially when you watch this Youtube Video. You’ll find out that combining sound-art, illustration and fashion design in one great edited video: art is born within fashion design.