Sew talented! Textile artist inspired by Bridgerton recreates stunningly intricate Regency costumes out of PAPER
- Brighton artist Stephanie Smart made ‘Bridgerton’-inspired Regency costumes
- The lavish outfits – including shoes and hats – are made from eco-friendly paper
- Artist Stephanie ‘likes to surprise people’ when they realise the ‘fabric’ is paper
- Her collection of dresses, bonnets and more will go on display in East Sussex
Inspired by the smash hit ‘Bridgerton’ series, these costumes have all the pomp, grandeur and drama of the Regency period.
Decorative artist, Stephanie Smart who is based in Brighton, has used enormous skill to recreate the lavish costumes of the Regency period.
But astonishingly they aren’t created from the finest silk or cotton but are instead made out of eco-friendly paper.
Taking inspiration from the smash hit Netflix series, ‘Bridgerton’, and from last year’s adaptation of Jame Austen’s ‘Emma’, she has created the entire collection of dresses, uniforms, even shoes, fans, jackets and bonnets, from paper and cotton thread.
Fine artist Stephanie Smart shows off a dress from her collection, which was inspired by Regency-era dramas including ‘Bridgerton’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’
The artist says she likes to surprise people when they realise that the intricate clothing is made from eco-friendly paper
She has used everything from ordinary cartridge paper to paper tablecloths, tissue paper and even greaseproof paper to achieve her stunning effects.
For Regency authenticity the exhibition is to go on display at historic country estate Firle Place, East Sussex, which has just doubled as the location for the 2020 film ‘Emma’ starring Bill Nighy, Mia Goth and Miranda Hart.
All the dresses, evening gowns, menswear and uniforms are being displayed throughout the house, using the historic room settings as the perfect period backdrop for the costumes.
Decorative paper textile artist Stephanie Smart has created the entire collection of 11 Regency by hand.
The exhibition echoes the Regency art form of the paper cut silhouette which was hugely popular at the time and culminates in a beautiful ball dress in-situ on a Regency style chalked floor.
Stephanie Smart’s breathtakingly detailed Regency-style costumed, inspired by the Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ are not made from silk or cotton, but paper
Smart is herself a fine artist and has established a unique fashion house called The House of Embroidered Paper.
She began creating clothing in this way after seeing a paper kaftan in Istanbul that was made for a Sultan.
She uses the ancient art of paper quilling or paper filigree that involves rolling, shaping and gluing paper into ornamental designs to mimic embroidery, lace and haberdashery.
Decorative textile artist, Stephanie Smart said: ‘I like to surprise people when they realise its paper not fabric.
The collection – which includes dresses, uniforms, shoes, fans, jackets and bonnets – is set to go on display at at Firle Place in East Sussex from August 29th – October 26th
‘I use any and every type of paper, simply with the aim each time of achieving the finished effect I’m after.
‘Most paper holds up through the sewing machine, even tissue paper, so I’ve used everything from cartridge paper to paper tablecloth and even greaseproof paper, sewn over with gold embroidery thread that I have used for the gold trim of the French style jacket in this collection.
‘I incorporate Japanese Mizuhiki rice paper chord and the technique of quilling as well as free-machine embroidery.’
Her aim is to make work that is as technically intricate and challenging as it is beautiful and interesting while also stretching preconceptions of craft, art and fashion.
The exhibition will be complimented with a range of talks and practical workshops and runs from 29 August to 26th October, before touring elsewhere.
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