Behind the scenes-Creating Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin's paper dress

Can we just take a moment of silence to remember the sheer amount of glue, tape, and recycled paper it took to create the paper dress Kailyn modeled in 2012? 

After a week's worth of work, five bottles of Elmer's Glue, six glue sticks, seven rolls of packing tape, two rolls of duct tape, four books, and more paper cuts than most get in a lifetime, there stood a well-formed paper dress which, over time, has fooled numerous onlookers. 

Starting out I purchased a wedding dress pattern. Due to the nature of paper, I realized quickly I would have to do a lot of adjusting for it to be form fitting. The original pattern was a one piece dress, but I separated it out into a top and skirt.

Wrapping paper and packing tape were used as the under layer, and duct-tape used for areas that needed extra support. 

Starting at the bottom of the skirt and working my way up, I layered book pages for a full ball gown fit for a true princess. 

My super awesome cousins, Megan and Emily Meza, arrive the day before, and helped keep my stress level low. After couple hours of sleep, it was down to the wire for us finishing all the small details before Kailyn, Javi, and Isaac arrived for the session.  

Kailyn slipped on the dress to see if anything needed adjusted, and it fit beautifully. We loaded up the cars and put the Jeep in 4-wheel drive to get to our location in Waynesboro, PA. 

Kailyn looked like a professional model and rocked the dress.

Over the last couple years many people have had to do double and triple takes after I tell them it is not a real wedding dress but in fact is entirely made of paper. 

One of the resulting images landed in the Volume 1 Issue 8 of Essere Magazine found HERE.

I had a blast with Kailyn, Javi, Isaac, and appreciate all those involved in this session. Hopefully we will all have a chance to meet up in the future and create more artwork.

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." -Edgar Degas


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