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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.

Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci project displayed at Macy’s

 

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)

 

 

With his signature sculpture dress in white Johan Ku is a force to be reckoned with.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan Ku began as a graphic designer when he was only 17 years old.  Since then he has gone on to get a masters in fashion and textile design, move to London where his studio is based, and win a series of awards for his designs and style.

In an interview conducted by notjustanotherlabel.com extracted these great insights into Ku’s philosophy on fashion and life:

NOTHING INSPIRES KU LIKE… Interesting textiles or yarns. He often get inspired by new materials. It’s not only an important element of his design process, but also a starting point for Ku’s collection.

KU HOPEs… He can live on an isolated island with only someone whom he loves.

CULTURAL INFLUENCES… Can affect people’s minds imperceptibly. They also represent where and who we are in the world.

KU GOT WHERE HE IS… Thanks to Ku’s commitment to hard work. Also, the support from friends and family can be the best encouragement in such a competitive industry.

FASHION CAN SOMETIMES… Can make Ku feel bored and superficial, on the other hand, it can sometimes impress him in a very positive way.

MONEY MAKES… Many things possible and often makes many things complicated. We cannot live without money, but it would be really sorrowful if we lived only for it.

CREATIVITY COMES FROM… Studying in a certain field for a very long time. It comes from rational development rather than a mythical emotion.

KU HAS NEVER… Taken any kind of drugs in his life, and Ku am not a smoker either. He doesn’t want to do anything that could damage his health, no matter how exciting it may seem.

His most recent collection Emotional Structure won the Avant-Garde Award of Gen Art Style  last year.  And with the chilly months swiftly approaching us I cannot help but imagine that I am lounging by my ridiculously large fireplace with a martini draped in one of these goddess gowns.

Reminder:  The Cutting Edge Artist Talk is this Friday (October 8th) at 7:30pm.  We have 8 artists lined up and the curator Joetta Maue will be present.  For more information please refer to our website.  We hope to see you there.