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.

Spectacular 3D (knit)work by Sandra Backlund

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Fashion designer Sandra Backlund is in my view also more a Fashion Artist than a Fashion Designer. I find her work particularly fascinating. Not only because of its design but also because of the application of handicraft techniques ( showing prominent in any design ) and her working methods. Like a sculptor she ‘ builds ‘ her creations. Backlunds starting point is the material and the technique and during the creation process the shapes and silhouettes are being formed.

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Sandra Backlund is a Swedish fashion designer, graduated from the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, who is best known by
its 3 dimensional designs.

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Her designs show that knitting can be a true art. Her creations are actually more like sculptures. Sandra Backlund is fascinated in exploring innovative materials and the application of new techniques.

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Foto Peter Farago

Her source of inspiration and starting point of a design are always the materials and technique. Hand-working and researching  she builds her creations resulting in powerful shapes and silhouettes.


 

Mode ontwerpster Sandra Backlund is in mijn ogen ook meer een Fashion Artist dan een Fashion Designer. Ik vind haar werk bijzonder fascinerend. Niet alleen vanwege haar ontwerpen maar ook zeker vanwege de toepassing van handwerktechnieken (in ieder ontwerp weer prominent aanwezig) en haar werkwijze. Als een beeldhouwer ‘bouwt’ ze namelijk haar creaties op. Backlunds uitgangspunt is het materiaal en de techniek en pas tijdens het creatieproces ontstaan al werkend de vormen en silhouetten.

Sandra Backlund is een Zweedse Mode ontwerpster, afgestudeerd aan de Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm,  die bekend is geworden van
haar 3 dimensionale breiwerk. Haar ontwerpen laten zien dat breien een ware kunst kan zijn. Haar creaties zijn eigenlijk meer sculpturen. Sandra Backlund is gefascineerd in het onderzoeken van vernieuwende materialen en het toepassen van nieuwe technieken. Haar bron van inspiratie en startpunt van een ontwerp zijn altijd de materialen en de techniek. Handwerkend en onderzoekend bouwt ze zo haar creaties op die resulteren in krachtige vormen en silhouetten.

Iris van Herpen, Fashion Artist pur sang

In March 2013 an article by Meredith Blechman appeared on Artspace.com entitled “Is Fashion Art? Addressing the Ongoing Debate “. Her conclusion at the end of her article was that a fashion design is not to be considered art…….. and this because fashion (read clothing) is functional and art (such as paintings and sculptures) are non-functional. Although she doesn’t consider fashion as a form of art, nevertheless the fashion shows of today are in her opinion, because of the conceptual aspect and the spectacle, to be considered as a performance art. It is my opinion that with this conclusion she heavily deficit some fashion designers (which I prefer to call Fashion Artists).

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Iris van Herpen: Wilderness Embodied Haute Couture

Now take for example the Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. “For me, fashion is an expression of art that closely related to myself and my body”: thus Iris van Herpen 
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Pieces of Art in Fashion

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My name is Helene van der Meijs, a Dutch Fashion Designer, fashion lover, craftswoman and couturier. Welcome to my blog. A blog in which I’m going to exhibit and explain the true “pieces of art in Fashion Design”. Why? I think it is time to provide a platform to the tours de force under the fashion designs and the artists among the fashion designers where all Continue reading