I have created a paper ball gown using cartridge paper that I painted with dye. I designed and then painted the surface patterns on the skirt and bodice myself and then added a decorative bustle on the back to create a strong visual impact. If this garment were to be made from fabric I would incorporate a subtly coloured bandeau beneath the leaf bodice so that it could be worn feasibility.
|Front of paper garment showing detail of leaf |
bodice and upper skirt
|Back of dress showing ruched bustle|
|Bodice and upper bustle on back of dress|
|Detail of hand painted sweet pea pattern and ruched paper decoration|
|View of dress from the side showing bustle,|
full skirt and leaf bodice