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Hello!
I made these dresses for my AP 3D Art concentration and I love them because they give you so much freedom to explore without the difficulties of fabric.  They also require minimal supplies.  When I made these, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but it is fairly simple to create these garments.  My inspiration came from the effects of light and shadow, and the episode of Project Runway where they made newspaper dresses. 
Tools:
Any kind of paper you want (I like white because it allows me to see the influence of light and shadow
A ton of packing tape
A model (or dress form)
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Doilies (for embellishment)
 
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Step 1: Beginning

The first thing any designer needs is a sketch.  While the final outcome usually does not end up looking like the sketch, it is important to get your ideas out on paper.  My sketching abilities are very sub-par, but I still need to create a sketch to begin my work.  From the sketch, you need to assemble your supplies, so paper, tape, rulers, scissors, and pencils.  You also need a large work surface to create this, so make sure you have a sturdy table or floor to work on. 
BigRed19738 months ago

Some beautiful and amazing work! I look forward to seeing more from you in the future........

sternsam000 (author)  BigRed19738 months ago

Thank you so much!

Just Awesome :)

sternsam000 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya8 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm shocked by all the positive feedback!

Mrballeng8 months ago

Well done! The photos are great.

sternsam000 (author)  Mrballeng8 months ago

Thanks!

Mr_Thinker 8 months ago
Sucks if someone throws water at you
sternsam000 (author)  Mr_Thinker 8 months ago

The inside was lined with tape, so it wouldn't fall apart, but if someone threw water at you, it definitely wouldn't be pretty!

Neat. I'd be a little nervous around candles, matches, and rain. Are these intended to wear out in the world, or more along the lines of wearable models?

sternsam000 (author)  John_the_Builder8 months ago

I would be nervous around those too! I don't believe that they are wearable on a daily basis, but in the 1960's, paper dresses were a trend and were worn in public! I used them as a sort of wearable sculpture, but I am sure that if you experimented with tyvek or typar, as suggested in another comment, you could create something beautiful and wearable. They are also fun ideas for themes parties such as ABC (anything but clothes) when you create garments out of random materials!

craftclarity8 months ago

These are super cool. Would love to see the design process!

sternsam000 (author)  craftclarity8 months ago

Thanks! Sorry that there are no pictures of the process, I actually made them a while ago and just got around to posting them here, it was a lot of trial and error, and using my friends as mannequins!

jmwells8 months ago
Seems like the perfect one time use bridesmaid dress idea. No more closet full of dresses you can't wear anywhere else(ask my youngest about that. Lol)
sternsam000 (author)  jmwells8 months ago

Haha that would be really cool and innovative, especially if you had the bridesmaids each make their own out of coordinating paper! The only issue is longevity of the dress for moving around and possibly the weather if its an outdoor ceremony!

Just thought of something else. The bride chooses her colors. She could hand each gal either colored paper, or colored markers in her colors. That way if it turns out to be an ugly bridesmaid dress it's their fault. Ha ha.
There are several types of tyveck paper. It's mixed with recycled plastic fibers. It's used in chemical/water resistant coveralls. It would be fairly durable in those areas that need structure. It's also a mosquito netting type of material used as disposable insect netting for emergency hospitals. Both would be tough to obtain in small quantities, but, if you owned a bridal shoppe it would still be a lower cost alternative than cloth. Good luck on your adventure called life.

These look beautiful! Wonderful job :D

sternsam000 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick8 months ago

Thank you!