Paper or Prada?: Dressmaker creates robe of newspapers to face as testomony to style, artistic expression

Lashanda White-Owens

Twenty {dollars} price of newspapers and a imaginative and prescient had been the one issues native designer Lashanda White-Owens wanted to create a press release piece worthy of rivaling essentially the most eccentric style icons.

Woman Gaga could have ridden into the 2013 American Music Awards on a pretend white horse in a Versace gown, however even the style legend herself has by no means worn a gown made fully of newspapers and tape.

White-Owens, a Noxubee County native, moved to Columbus in 2009. She briefly labored for a building firm earlier than devoting herself to her husband, kids and a ardour for stitching.

“I’ve been stitching for six years now,” White-Owens stated. “Two years in the past, I obtained extra critical about it and began making handmade style.”

As a younger designer with a knack for entrepreneurship, White-Owens opened her personal enterprise, Luxe Code by Shun White, in 2019.

With a brand new area to create and loads of concepts, she instantly threw herself into crafting artistic clothes traces for ladies.

For the final three years, she has labored on designing and selling her enterprise till a Fb publish three days in the past modified all of it.

Tamaka “LilJones” Jones fashions designer Lashanda White-Owens’ robe made out of Industrial Dispatch newspapers. Courtesy picture/Mayfield Images

On Monday, White-Owens uploaded a collection of photos to Fb from her newest style design. Mannequin Tamaka “LilJones” Jones — proprietor of Salon 220 — stood outdoors of The Industrial Dispatch styled within the visionary’s newest creation: a newspaper robe meant to double as a press release piece and a self-written article.

It took no time for the Avant-garde gown to seize the eye of each the Columbus neighborhood and, nicely, The Dispatch. The publish has garnered lots of of likes and feedback, together with dozens of shares.

“It was stunning and stunning,” she stated. “Everybody was congratulating me as a result of they thought the shoot was an precise article that had been printed.”

The peculiar thought to style this robe got here to White-Owens as she stumbled throughout a current copy of The Industrial Dispatch. What she discovered within the contents of every web page was a world of potential — a chance to morph one murals into one other.

“Style is my ardour. I used to be trying within the papers and noticed that there was no style part within the paper,” White-Owens stated. “There may be leisure, information and life however no style.”

Decided to include style within the newspaper, White-Owens took it upon herself to unconventionally “write her personal article.” She recruited the assistance of Jones and Mayfield Images earlier than embarking on a quest to create the gown.

“One random day I used to be identical to I’d like to have an article and I simply contacted Mayfield and Jones and I put it (the idea and shoot) collectively,” White-Owens stated.

With a mannequin and photographer acquired, the younger designer had all the pieces she wanted to make the imaginative and prescient come true. All the things aside from the gown after all.

Giddy with pleasure, White-Owens started weaving her masterful internet. She despatched her husband to purchase as many newspapers as he may with a $20 invoice, measured Jones’ waistline, created a skirt out of polyester and started folding and creasing every newspaper till they had been pleated.

“It was numerous fold over and tape down, fold over tape down, fold over and tape down till it was all put collectively and I put it round her,” White-Owens stated.

After every paper was correctly pleated, she taped them across the silhouette of her mannequin. The trendy testomony to style and journalism took a mere two hours to finish.

“I feel she knew that I’d have the ability to bounce into her imaginative and prescient. She is so artistic and I feel she knew I’d have the ability to deliver the imaginative and prescient to life,” Jones stated. “I didn’t know what I used to be sporting. I simply obtained fitted and helped her imaginative and prescient come collectively.”

Wearing a paper imaginative and prescient of magnificence, Jones posed for Mayfield within the gown and shortly all three uploaded to Fb, and the remainder is historical past. Nicely, fairly current historical past.

Because the publish gained reputation, White-Owens has seen much more consideration turned towards her enterprise and hopes to make use of her concepts within the coming years to make her model international.

“Much more consideration has been turned in direction of my enterprise for the reason that publish went up,” White-Owens stated. ‘We haven’t had anybody attain out simply but for a partnership or something like that, however we’re undoubtedly getting much more consideration (on social media).”

The gown will stand as a testomony to the limitless potential of a artistic thoughts and a refined inquiry to revive style in newspapers.

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