Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci Fashion Installation

We stopped by Ralph Pucci's showroom to preview "Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci," a knockout showcase of paper-made fashions and sculptures by 20 very talented students.

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Paper may be thin, but there was nothing flimsy about last night's "Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci" presentation, which showcased all-paper designs from Pratt students in the fashion design, fine arts, industrial design, and interior design departments.
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Who knew you could create a couture-effect out of tiny paper rings and a little bit of glue? Over 50 students submitted work to the all-paper project, but only 20 of the best pieces were handpicked by Ralph Pucci, who designed the fabulous mannequins.
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This unique creation features a long dragon-like tail and spiky paper spine.
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Enormous paper orbs were floating throughout Pucci's glamorous 18th street showroom. We were reminded a little of mega-chic beehives.
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We were shocked at how these thin strips of paper could look so much like softly draped silk.
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Another view of the spectacular paper orbs.
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This gorgeous gown was composed of teeny tiny paper rosettes. We could see some daring celeb (Gaga, perhaps?) rocking this to an award event.
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The paper creations were awe-inspiring, but Pucci's mannequins were equally mesmerizing. On more than one occasion we apologized for bumping into one, thinking it was a real person.
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A gravity-defying cocktail dress was composed of thousands of little paper cutouts. Check the exhibit out in person starting tomorrow at 11am. 44 West 18th Street, 9th Floor.
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