For almost a year I’ve been living and working in Brooklyn. And even if I adore Brooklyn I often find myself missing the Manhattan-Brooklyn commute. And wandering in Manhattan after work. That’s why each time I have to go to the city to buy supplies for our classes, it really feels like a treat! And I feel that in each of my little “field trips” I end up coming across something new.
Last weeks find was the project that brought together Pratt students, Ralph Pucci and paper.. lots of paper. On the windows of Macy’s, gorgeous and delicate sculptural paper cut dresses were side by side with also gorgeous and luxurious fashion creations (by Pucci?). This might be old news for some of you, but I really feel that amazing work like this can’t have too much coverage.
The project consisted of an interdisciplinary, semester-long study in texture and form to dress Pucci’s Spring 2011 “GIRL 2” mannequins entirely in paper, from only a white palette. As a result of this study, 20 paper sculpture designs were created by fashion design, fine arts, industrial design, and interior design students from Pratt’s School of Art and Design. The paper for the “Pratt + Paper + Ralph Pucci” project was generously donated by Borden & Riley Company, Inc., and Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
The sculpture designs were exhibited at Ralph Pucci International/Gallery Nine Showroom and the top three works were selected by a panel of distinguished judges (including Linda Fargo, Vice President of Fashion, Bergdorf Goodman; Nicole Fischelis, Vice President of Fashion, Macy’s; Greg Mills, Founder of Greg Mills Showroom; Jens Risom, furniture designer; Ken Smart, Creative Director at Ralph Pucci International; Anna Sui, fashion designer; Deborah Turbeville, photographer; and Vicente Wolf, interior designer).
All the winning looks were designed by undergraduate students: Dana Otto was awarded first place; Meredith Lyon and Beatrice Weiland, juniors in the Department of Fashion Design won second place; and graduate interior design student Tom Forsyth won third place. Su Ting Chen and Samantha Johnson (Interior Design ’11 from Maspbeth, N.Y. and Pullman, Wash., respectively) received top prize for their show-stopping sculpture design that hung from the ceiling of the Gallery Nine Showroom.
View of the showroom with Pucci’s Spring 2011 GIRL 2 mannequins and hanging paper sculptures by Su Ting Chen (Interior Design ’11) and Samantha Johnson (Interior Design ’11), first place winners for sculpture
(photo courtesy of http://dailyfix.interiordesign.net)
Detail of paper dress by third place winner Thom Forsyth
(photos courtesy of ralphpucci.net)
Paper dress by second place Meredith Lyon and Beatrice Weiland and hanging paper sculptures by Su Ting Chen and Samantha Johnson
Paper dress by first place winner Dana Otto (Industrial Design ’11)
Congratulations to the winners for the amazing work! However, looking to the rest of the designs, one has to agree with what Pucci recounted overhearing form the Juri: ‘It’s not fair, they’re all so good’.(via http://gateway.pratt.edu)
I’ll leave you with some more works…
(photos courtesy of coolpicturegallery.net )
(photo courtesy of Mieke ten Have)