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Some really great work by Mauricio Velasquez Posada (photos) and Jum Nakao (video above): origami + fashion = gorgeous paper clothing. More pictures and video after the jump. (Thanks, Leah Buechley!)

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Nate

    The first video is from Jum Nakao…but all of the photos and the final video (slideshow, really) appear to be Mauricio Velasquez Posada.
    They’re totally different approaches. Frankly, Posada’s, erm, work, doesn’t seem real to me. Perhaps it’s just the awkward shapes of the “dresses” combined with odd poses, but a lot of the girls felt disjointed and not properly proportioned. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time analyzing it (as I don’t care to), but there was an odd edge of photoshopping that I picked up on.
    Maybe I’m wrong, but Posada’s work seems off by just enough to make me question it’s validity. (some of the photos also make me wonder if it’s fabric and not paper).
    If the stuff is legit, there is an impressive amount of work that went into it. I would love to see how it was accomplished (though I highly doubt it’s with a single piece of paper/fabric)

  • Becky Stern

    Thanks Nate! I’ve updated the post. Do you have a link to Mauricio Velasquez Posada’s work? I don’t speak Portuguese so these particular works were difficult to research. I’d love to be able to direct people to where they might be able to find out more info!

  • HCarrots

    I’d say someone got up on the wrong side of the bed today. What does validity have to do with a garment that is obviously not meant to be worn outside of a studio? So what if parts are fabric? Does that invalidate the fold? These are
    delicate and intriguing pieces of art to be enjoyed for the moment and are then gone like a sand painting.

  • Claudia Fernandez

    these works are from our clothing desing students in Colombia and they are very real. Some of they are made of paper and some in no woven fabric.
    Yoy can see more of this and another works in our site.
    http://www.proyectomedussa.com
    http://www.morrisvel.com