Liberty recently held its second annual paper skirt fashion show. Students used a variety of materials in the paper family, crafting their designs with binder and printer paper, paper towels, tissue paper, wrapping paper, newspaper and magazines as well as butcher paper and brown paper bags.
“I cannot believe everything you see up here is made with paper and tape,” said Michelle Prior of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. “I would order some of these outfits.”
Senior Savannah Bresee impressed Prior and teacher Ada Weeks with a Minnie Mouse-inspired outfit. Bresee used the residential sections from two phone books to design her skirt, layering strips of paper onto a newspaper base.
“I wanted to do something elaborate and fun, and I love Disney, so I wanted to do my own version of Minnie Mouse,” Bresee said after being praised by Prior for her originality.
Bresee went beyond the assignment to create a top out of printer paper and painted it red with white dots to truly embody the essence of Minnie. To top off the ensemble, Bresee sported a pair of Mickey ears straight from Disneyland.
Weeks hosted three shows last week, one for each of her fashion and design classes. Prior said when judging the looks, she was assessing the originality and creativity.
Freshman Elizabeth Villalobos modeled the dress she designed with fellow freshmen Brooke Walden and Sierra Wouters. Prior was impressed by the princess prom dress, which featured a skirt with four layers of white and pink tissue paper. To complete the look, the girls designed a top using a plastic tablecloth accented with glitter and plastic gems.
“We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do, so we just winged it, playing with different materials,” Walden said. “We wandered around the dollar store brainstorming different ideas and we collected a variety of materials and went with it.”
Following the show, Prior said the paper prom dress was something she could picture finding on the racks at a trendy clothing store. Not too shabby for an outfit that cost less than $12.
Tissue paper was the material of choice for senior Tyler Elmore, who used the malleable substance to create a ruffled white skirt and jacket. Prior said she was impressed by Elmore’s bold choice in design. “Tyler’s look was so out of the box. She took a risk, and that’s what designers are doing today. They are experimenting to find that next big thing. It was futuristic and gutsy. I was really impressed.”
Elmore said she was inspired by the late designer Alexander McQueen, who was known for bold colors, layers and textured designs. To make her jacket pop, she spray painted the elevated collar lime green.
Other outfits included duct tape skirts, checkered patterns made of post-its, and a male’s lava-lava Hawaiian skirt.
Weeks announced that the Fashion Club, which features many students from the fashion and design classes, will host a second fashion show in the spring.