Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Origami Fashion

Before Christmas we were encouraged to work with paper to create collage ad sculpture as an alternative way of drawing and capturing the qualities of our collections. I find paper a highly diverse and interesting media to work with and the intricate work of paper artists always fascinates me. This new interest in paper combined with my trip to Japan gave me greater awareness of the craft of Origami. Origami is certainly a transformation, a metamorphosis. At first I really wanted to work with this craft for our Brixton transition fashion project but having a chat with Georgie, we decided it was too unrelated to Brixton and we felt it more important and relevant to look for inspiration within this area. Also, architecture can be key in informing origami shapes but we did not feel that Brixton offered any sculpturally interesting buildings. It is however an interest I would like to keep for future reference.

Fabric origami at the Royal College's Work in Progress exhibition.

Photos of Avant-Garde Fashion

Lady Gaga in Thierry Mugler.

Catalogue from Coltejer fabric company in Columbia, 1973.

Gareth Pugh, Autumn 2008 Collection.

Andre Lima, Spring 2009 Collection.

Marchesa Spring/Summer 2010 Collection.

Paper designs, Petra Storrs.

Geomorfos by Mauricio Velasquez Posada.

Issey Miyake "132 5"

It’s this multidisciplinary process that lends the collection its name. The number “1″ refers to the single piece of cloth used to make each item, “3″ to indicate its three-dimensional shape, and “2″ to the fact that it can be flattened two-dimensionally. The single space denotes the time between the completion of the folded form and the moment someone puts it on, while “5″ signifies the concept’s multiple permutations.
132 5. Issey Miyake is set to debut in Japan this fall. (Ecouterre)

Amila Hrustic Plato's Collection.

Ester Cellucci.

The Paper Dress by Jolis Paons.

Yuliya Kyrpo, Upcycled Origami Dress.

Anne Marie Skjoldager Jensen.

'External & Internal Photoshoot' by Anastasia Timoshkina.


  1. Thanks for adding me in your article, you know, not only I'm very inspired by origami but also from natural fibres, and in particular the dress I made was done with an ancient and traditional woollen fabric of Tuscany, is called Casentino.If you want to know more about this fabric I'm very glad if you Add me on Fb,if you want,of course! Thanks again!

  2. and good work for your origami!

  3. It is an incredible garment you must be so proud! Is this fabric totally sustainable and environmentally friendly? At uni we currently are doing a fashion project-to produce garments with sustainable methods and materials, so Casentino sounds really interesting. Can you only get it in Italy?

  4. Great collection of images, lovely post!


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  6. Those paper dresses are not from Mauricio Velásquez Posada. They are from other people that were his students in Colombia. Don't understand why in every blog it appear this way!