Storybook gown constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books.
Can the stories of our past become part of a sustainable future?
Photos by Greg Brown
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Surface area of the paper skirt: ~22,000 square inches.
The paper skirt is comprised entirely of the original book illustrations sewn together with metallic gold thread.
The bodice is made from the books’ foil spines backed by tape adhesive.
The gown is currently in storage in possession of the artist.
“So amazing!” Tommy Hilfigher
“WOW. We love it!” Random House Kids
“Jaw-dropping!” Glamour Italia
The gown was featured on display at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA in 2012 and at Drift Contemporary Art Gallery in Portsmouth, NH in 2013.
“The brand new attempt has placed Ryan Novelline among the top-class ‘green designers’.” GreenPack
“Heaven! So fashionable, so literate, so colorful! Bravo, Ryan Novelline!” New York Public Library
“Creativity + empathy for the world = great work.” Paty from Brazil
“If sustainable couture is your version of “happily ever after,”
consider Ryan Novelline the Prince Charming of green designers.
Who needs a Fairy Godmother?” Ecouterre