I went to the Kickstarter Party on Friday and ran into Audrey Evans, who I’ve known mostly on flickr for years. We were talking about halloween and she mentioned that she wanted to do a costume homage to print culture and make a dress out of newspaper. She had some printed inspiration images in her bag, and I was like “OMG PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU!!! Come over tomorrow and craft with my friend Morgan and Me”
And so, 12 hours later on Saturday, I Morgan and I stopped off at the Pratt Store after brunch and picked up a variety of masking tapes and some velcro and some needles and then at 1:30 PM, Audrey came over and we got to work. We were thinking that we might want to build the dress onto an strapless bra, so she brought over an old one. and I traced it and cut up newspaper pieces to build the bodice, which is held together mostly with tape, and reinforced with a bunch more tape on the inside (both artist’s masking and duct).
The inspiration image had a pleated skirt, but ultimately we abandoned that in favor of this more voluminous rolling fold, which is broadsheets of newspaper folded across and then hot glued to a piece of black ribbon, which she could untie from the waist as needed.
We used two copies of the New York Times, which had the finest drape of all the papers she brought over. Morgan made a delightful Fascinator for her hair, and She is wearing a pendant I made from an earring and silver sequined hotpants. She also had a great pair of tights from one of those funny sex stores on west 4th street.
It came together beautifully and we had so much fun making it. It was extremely satisfying to go from party conversation to gorgeous reality in just 18 hours. We just missed eachother last night, but her e-mail this morning was great:
I had the absolute BEST time last night and it was all because of this amazing dress. People were literally inspired and it made people so happy. Literal “Ohhhh!” and “Ahhhh” when I got on every train and walked down the street. And almost everyone asked to take a photo of the dress. I sang your praises all night long! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
It is so nice to make Halloween dreams come true.
Photo by Nick McGlynn/RandomNightOut