In 2009, Karl Lagerfeld shared his Chanel collection on the runways, saying that he’d “started with a clean sheet of paper.” It was almost a literal translation since his designs that season featured clean cut silhouettes and a great deal of intricately designed paper flower tiaras, feathers and leaf fronds on each model. The runway scene itself was laden with oversized paper florals, laser-cut paper cloths and more—which were reportedly cut and scissored by Katsuya Kamo, a Japanese hair stylist and makeup artist, and his team. “I actually incorporated paper flowers into my floral designs eight or nine years ago,” says Jordan. “It wasn’t long after the Chanel fashion show featured paper flowers that the trend took off!”
Now the intricate, detail-oriented trend is gracing designs from popular laser-cut invitation suites to floral accents and gorgeous laser-cut fabrics, gowns and even shoes. “We do a lot of intricate laser cut details with invitations,” says Jordan. “I would love to see this carried out in more aspects of weddings—especially when it comes to decor like altar designs and walls as well as centerpieces.”
There are many talented designers who cater to the bespoke trend, like Zoe Bradley, an established and talented paper sculpture artist and designer. She first discovered her passion for the art while hand pleating a custom paper dress for Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino. Now, she spends her time tailoring, folding, cutting and stitching paper into unbelievable works of art. More recently, she’s incorporated digital technology and laser cutting methods to produce even more elaborately complex designs for exhibitions, installations and fashion-oriented showpieces.
Jordan can’t wait to challenge the boundaries of imagination with artistic paper configuration in future events. “I would love to create complete centerpieces out of paper as well as a complete inside build-out of a ballroom or tent,” she says. “How amazing!” With ever-advancing technology and creative geniuses at the helm, the Paper Play obsession promises to be a clear (and laser cut!) trend to stay.