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Making Of: Paper Fashion + Video

This one has been a while in the making…

I always try to think of fashion in new ways. Fashion is, to a large extent, about texture, about contrast and form. Some time ago I came up with the idea of a fashion shoot made of nothing but shreds of paper. The dress, the setting, everything! I did this as a personal project, not with a commercial, but a fine art afterlife in mind.

I approached Jana Keller, designer of RoyalBLUSH to craft a paper dress for me. She was all over it and started sketching right away.

Early on I realized we would need a special model to make this one work. I turned to Option Model in Zürich for suggestions and it soon became clear that a black model would provide the necessary edge for the idea. We cast the talented and lovely Mariatu, who performed admirably!

Before the shoot me and my beloved girlfriend Fräulein Scharlach spent three evenings shredding over 100 square meters of paper and another evening rigging it all up in the studio.

The Lighting setup consisted of a beauty dish on a boom above the set, which served as the main light and was balanced for normal exposure. A strip light, about one stop over, was used as a rim light from the right. As fill I set up a large softobox camera left, dialed down 1 stop. In addition to this I used a gridded spot, about half a stop over, as a little kicker, slightly off camera axis to add some light to Mariatu’s face and torso. (I used Broncolor generators and heads)

Hair & Make Up was done by the incredibly talented Rachel Wolfisberg. She’s always full of fresh ideas and just great to have around!

And this is how it all turned out:

But wait, there’s more! Where there’s paper… someone might get the idea to paint on it! Check out the behind the scenes video for all the technicolor juice… Enjoy!

NICOLAS HENRI: PAPER - Behind the scenes from Nicolas Henri on Vimeo.

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Posted by nicolas_henri on May 16th, 2009 :: Filed under Artist Technique, Lighting, Making Of, Photography, Uncategorized
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10 Responses to “Making Of: Paper Fashion + Video”

  1. Rich
    May 17th, 2009

    I am on Deviant Art as Samiguy101.
    This is a marvelous image and the concept is amazing. I was wondering how big the softbox is to camera left…care to share?

  2. nicolas_henri
    May 18th, 2009

    @ Samiguy101: It was something like a 70×120 cm softbox.

  3. Mark Dunlap
    May 19th, 2009

    Fantastic concept and wonderful results.

  4. GlenF
    May 19th, 2009

    lovely, well developed idea.

  5. Tammy
    May 21st, 2009

    ciao henry…
    absolut gelungen kann ich nur sagen.
    von idee über umsetzung sehr spannend und super anhand des video mit zu sehen. gratulation, die bilder überzeugen wieder 1a.
    lg tammy

  6. Lajos Filep
    June 21st, 2009

    Hallo Nicolas,

    Fantastische Bilder, würde mich sehr freuen über Kontakt zu Ihnen.
    Beste Grüße
    aus Bayern

  7. ME
    November 18th, 2009

    Hi i would like to use this technique for my paper dress i would just like to know if someone knows how and where dis they paste the toilet paper.


  8. fajerwerki
    December 13th, 2009

    I just want to tell you that your blog is very interesting, bookmarked

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  10. Desi girls
    August 27th, 2010

    ‘thanks for the awesome blog post! subscribed!will surely vist this blog again’

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