Style on paper

Students at Arnold School designed and made fashion outfits from paper, modelled by Rory Douglas
Students at Arnold School designed and made fashion outfits from paper, modelled by Rory Douglas
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THESE striking fashion statements were made by pupils at Blackpool’s Arnold School – using just plain paper.

The stunning outfits were constructed as part of a project by Year 9 students exploring style and how it has changed throughout history and differs within various cultures.

White paper was chosen for the main material for the designs, as it is one of the most common materials in the world.

It can be easily manipulated for artistic purposes, using various techniques – such as folding, cutting, tearing, crumpling, ripping, twirling and twisting.

The students looked at works by artists such as Posada, Natao and other lesser-known designers.

They were able to use YouTube to watch footage of catwalk shows and clips of designers at work, which teacher Hayley Caunce said highlighted the beauty of existing paper couture design and set the standards for expectations in the classroom.

Mrs Caunce said: “I am delighted with how well the students responded to this task. While the students worked, there was a real excitement in the atmosphere and a great willingness to explore new ideas.

“The students challenged themselves and worked constructively in small groups.

“At times, they were faced with new challenges and obstacles and it was extremely satisfying watching them find solutions.

“It was good to see the positive response from the male members of my class, as I tried to promote paper engineering alongside studying both male and female designers.”

Paige Butcher, Year 9 pupil, said: “We were studying paper form and looked at all sorts of different artists and designers who create their artwork using just paper.

“We were particularly inspired by how artists use origami, which was how we created our large flower.

“We liked working together and it was interes-ting to see how differently the other groups worked with paper too.”

Classmate Roshan Mohindra said: “Our artwork is often downloaded and is accessible to our parents through our school’s VLE (an internet- based, Virtual Learning Environment) , so I am able to keep my parents up-to-date with the various outcomes I create, without the need to take my artwork home.

“My parents are also interested to see what the other students in my class have produced.”