I love paper in all forms, and it can be so inspiring to see all the different ways that paper can be used and transformed into works of art. Enter Liz – the artist behind Paper Posy Designs and also the store manager + window display artist at the fabulous Gus & Ruby Letterpress boutique in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Liz was inspired by one of her window display creations to pull together a full inspirational shoot around two seriously amazing paper dresses, along with gorgeous invitations and table decor!
From Liz: This paper dress shoot was an opportunity for me to meld two elements that constantly inspire me: fashion design and art installation. I originally designed a dress made out of flower petals from 100% post-consumer recycled cardstock for a window display at the incredible Gus & Ruby Letterpress boutique.
Customers asked whether or not the dress could be worn. For weeks, I laughed off the concept because I wouldn’t be able to staple a paper dress onto a real life model as I had done to the dressform! I was later inspired by the challenge that type of project would be for me… and so, production began. After cutting and forming hundreds of thousands of little individual paper petals, and scheming up a tablescape with white on white as the main theme, I pulled together a group of vendors to flesh out the shoot with stationery, flowers, and even a few cakes!
I spent about two months producing the paper dresses that each model wore, and the satisfaction of seeing them climb into their respective garb the day of the shoot was more than I could take. It was such a fun project!
Paper Dresses, Styling, and Design: Liz Lapan, Paper Posy Designs
Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Florals: Flora Fauna
Cakes: Wild Orchid Bakery
Photo Credits: Mark Davidson Photography