Langara Design Students Unveil Couture Paper Dresses at Oakridge Centre

Jenna Livergant

By Jenna Livergant

For the first time ever, students of Langara College’s Design Formation program are showcasing their collection of hand-crafted haute couture paper dresses at Oakridge Centre. The impressive exhibit, which features 15 paper sculptures emulating iconic fashion designs, is on display in the East Galleria from now until Sunday, April 6th.

Students of the program’s first-year Retail Visual Presentation course were given just three weeks in January to select an iconic designer dress and re-create the haute-couture look using a selection of modest materials. The completed collection, which echoes fashion designs by Alexander McQueen, Dior, and vintage Balenciaga, among others, is composed of craft paper, cardboard, coffee filters, cupcake papers, packing tape, clear tape, masking tape, thumbtacks, parcel tags, dressmakers’ tissue, straight pins, string, and twine.

"We are very proud of the work the students have created," said Design Formation Instructor Kevin Smith. “The ingenuity and intricacy of their work is remarkable. From conception to completion they’ve created exceptional sculptures. We are thrilled to be showcasing them off-campus for the first time this year."

The Design Formation program at Langara College is a 2-year multidisciplinary diploma program where students learn skills in visual merchandising as well as graphic, interior and exhibit design. This cornerstone project of the program’s Retail Visual Presentation class teaches students prop building, aesthetics and creative problem solving.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Langara College to showcase the creative talents of their Design Formation students," said Susan Nicol, Oakridge Centre General Manager. “This unique installation is a wonderful addition to our Centre and we’re pleased to be able to share these exquisite dresses with the community.”

In celebration of the exhibit, Oakridge has also launched a Twitter contest that runs until midnight tonight. Shoppers are invited to stop by Oakridge Centre and tweet a photo of their favourite dress using the hashtag #PaperCoutureDresses at @oakridgestyle and @langaracollege for a chance to win a $100 Oakridge Gift Card.

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