Sylvia Heisel is a well-known fashion designer from New York who creates luxury apparels that are modernistic with neat cuts and silhouettes. Her latest creation in collaboration with Rebecca Cole Marshall of ‘Paper No.9’, called the ‘Ready-To-Wear-Away Dress’ is a concerted effort to go ‘green’ by using sustainable biodegradable material as the fabric which actually has poetic prose written underneath.
This unique dress is crafted out of a recycled Kraft paper from Paper No. 9 that gives a leather-like look. This paper-fabric is then skillfully crafted with a sheath underneath with quotes written by imminent personalities that eventually get revealed as the outer coat of the paper breaks away due to body heat and movement. Heisel has reinvented herself by designing this chic-looking ‘green’ dress that not only looks stylish but also conceals a series of handwritten inspiring quotations from famous artists, writers ranging from Gandhi to Truman Capote.
The founder of Paper No. 9, Rebecca Cole Marshall who also co-produced the ‘Ready-To-Wear-Away Dress’ has tried to explore the three most important concepts in contemporary designing – the mundane, the ephemeral and the authentic. She has tried to elevate the mundane brown Kraft paper in order to highlight its ephemeral quality in order to create an apparel that reveals a message of sustainability. Sylvia Heisel has also embarked on the path to discovering ephemeral qualities in all things mundane and to spread the message of sustainability through designing clothes using ‘mundane’ material.