Look Out Suri Cruise; your time in fashion might just be over!
World’s newest and youngest fashionista is a 4-year old who goes by the name Mayhem. She’s not just cute and precocious; you see her and you know she’s made for fashion. If paper dresses ever make a trend, you’ll know it’s all her doing.
Of all the ways to bond with your kids, this probably is one of the best. Mayhem and her super talented mom Angie started this journey less than a year ago and the creations just get better and better. Angie & husband Keith are both professional photographers and work from their studio in Ohio.
On ideas, inspirations and creativity:
The ideas are pretty much a 50/50 split, but Mayhem constructs a lot more than most people would probably believe. That’s one of the best things about this project, I see her learning new skills every single day. At this point, she knows exactly how many sheets of construction paper she needs to make herself a top and a bottom. She can lay the entire thing out and tape it together all by herself. Definitely, the more complex designs have more of my time invested, but she’s literally always beside me learning something new if she’s not tearing or taping or gluing while I am. We pull inspiration from wherever we go. The shark dress, for example, came as a direct result of her first visit to an aquarium.She also gets a lot of ideas from shows that she watches or books we read, like Minnie Mouse, My Little Pony and Elsa from “Frozen.”Sometimes I’ll Google images the day after award shows, so she can see the dresses worn on the red carpet and pick which ones she wants to make.We also leave a tab open on our iPad with a search for “project runway dresses” so that we can quickly reference those as well. She’s never actually seen an episode of Project Runway, but I did show her a clip one time explaining that there is a show all about making dresses and I thought she might hyperventilate.
On preferred use of materials:
We use a lot of construction paper, but we also use tissue paper, wrapping paper, and gift bags. We have also used silk scarves, tulle, and aluminum foil. Basically, if we can find it laying around the house and it’s pliable, it’s fair game. Clear packing tape and glue are our adhesives of choice.
On skills involved:
I actually don’t consider myself to be the least bit crafty. Don’t ask me to build something out of popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners … you’ll be incredibly disappointed! Cutting and taping paper is about all we do. And the most ironic part of this whole project is that I am literally the least fashionable person you will ever meet. In reality, I know nothing about fashion and cannot sew a straight line to save my life. A friend suggested I could start sewing these creations from scraps of fabric and I laughed at her. I’ll take paper and tape any day over getting anywhere near a sewing machine! After we made our first paper dress, Mayhem requested another the very next day. Then another the day after that. And no one is more surprised than I am, that she still wants to make them nearly 9 months later. I have no idea if it will continue, but as long as she wants to make them, we’ll keep doing it.
Mayhem and the Red Carpet – Lupita who?
Mayhem with Vogue – Inspirations & Recreations
And then came the ultimate kiss of approval from none other than Anna Wintour herself. Vogue approached Mayhem & Angie to recreate iconic dresses from past Met Gala (an annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute fundraiser run by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour) after discovering her online.
Follow them at http://instagram.com/2sisters_angie and #fashionbymayhem on Instagram.