ADCD 10th Anniversary Paper Fashion Show Winners + Interviews

Last week paper lovers, fashion gurus, and designers all gathered in the Mile High City to celebrate and take part in the tenth annual Art Directors Club of Denver Paper Fashion Show.  Contestants created a total of 42 unique designs made entirely out of paper, and competed to win best of show in a variety of categories.

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

Winners included three teams that exclusively selected Mohawk paper for their creations. We had a chance to speak with the winners to learn about what inspires them and how they created their beautiful fashions.

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

 

Winner: A-Bomb by PinkShag

Pink Shag, the team that created the “A-Bomb” out of Mohawk Carnival paper, told us about their design process and creating a wearable garment out of paper.

“Trial and error. Trial and error. It was fun, but really challenging and time consuming! We spent over 100 hours total with a group of four artists working together,” said Diana Merkel, Pink Shag owner.

Their creative process included developing a mood wall, lots of experimentation with patterns and techniques, manipulating paper to work like traditional clothing material (such as yarn), and enhancing the design with special treatments, such as the metallic texture.

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

“We loved the texture and color pop of Carnival – especially the vibrant red. We wanted to represent fire in a really abstract way, and that red was perfect,” said Diana of Pink Shag.

Pink Shag also loved working with Mohawk Carnival for the paper’s strength and durability, along with its flexibility at the weight they chose. Keep an eye out for this team at next year’s Paper Fashion Show – they already have some ideas brewing for 2015!

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

Winner: Kida by Highbridge Creative

This winner from Highbridge Creative sported Google Glass onstage and won the “X-Factor” award using Strathmore Premium paper. Brandon Roth, a designer with Highbridge Creative, explained what the process was like. “As a creative agency focusing on web solutions and identity design, this project was quite a departure from our usual arena. It was a great chance for us to break out of our comfort zone and play with new media. We wanted to integrate some form of technology that spoke to our strengths and enabled the whole team to participate, from developers, to designers.”

Though they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into when they started the project and spent a few sleepless nights working on it, the end product was close to what they had originally envisioned, and in large part was directed by the capabilities of the paper they selected.

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Initially, the design team chose Mohawk Strathmore for its range of neutral and ocean-inspired colors, but found that the weights and finish of the paper became the most vital aspects for their design.

“We used the 160DTC Midnight Black to build some pretty complex geometric structures that contained the lighting and related components. There was an incident where someone knocked the neckpiece off our mannequin 2 days before the show—We’re talking about a 6 – 7 foot fall—and that thing didn’t have a scratch on it.” Talk about durability!

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

Photo by Trevor J. Gass

Winner: Rainy Night by Robin Cain Photography

The “Just for Giggles” category winner was this Rainy Night dress from Robin Cain Photography, using Mohawk Loop. The dress was created with the end of winter in mind, playing off the theme of a changing season. Modeled after a German garment called the dirndl, the dress features lots of beautiful embellishments and details. Designer Robin Cain was drawn to Mohawk Loop for its soft, earthy tones and eco-friendly nature of the paper.

Robin said of the design process:  “Sewing and working with fabric really intimidates me. I tried to make a few pillows for my couch and really struggled. I don’t think I could make a garment to save my life but I love to sculpt, paint, and build things using various materials. Working with paper can be challenging when you compare it directly to fabric. It doesn’t stretch, you have to be much more precise and it can be tough to make something someone can actually move in. Once I started to think of it as more of a material and something to sculpt with, I really fell in love. This year I tried to manipulate the paper in different ways and I was really happy with the result. I think the little pantaloons were my favorite part of the outfit.”

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

Photo by Scott Quinn Photography

Congratulations to all of the 2014 winners! To see information about the other winners, visit the ADCD site.

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