A Newspaper Dress? Mattea Goldstein Made One

Newspapers are usually discarded into recycling bins once they’re a day old, but ever thought about making a dress with them? Mattea Goldstein did. She’s the winner of the Signé Metro Contest, a competition held by Metro News and LaSalle College International. The results were announced last Wednesday, and CoCo & Rico Magazine had the opportunity to catch up with Goldstein to discuss her win.

What made you want to get involved in the competition?

MG: I got involved with the competition because it seemed like a chance to get creative and work with a new material.

Your theme for the dress was flapper faerie. How did you decide on that?

MG: The contest required participants to make an accessory to accompany their dress, and I immediately knew I wanted to make a hat. I love the cloche hats of the 1920s and am continually inspired by the art deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. After choosing my theme, the idea for the dress started to take shape.

How did you find the process of creating a dress with recycled paper? What were some of the complications?

MG: My design had a lot of curved seams which was a challenge to sew in paper, as it has very little flexibility as compared to fabric. However, working with paper allowed me to do things like glue and tape, in addition to sew, which definitely enhanced my process.

Did the dress come out as you had anticipated?

MG: The dress did come out like I envisioned! It’s a little more rigid than I anticipated, but this was my first time working with paper.

How many pages would you say it took to finish the dress?

MG: It’s really hard to say, I made the bodice several time before I was satisfied with it. I also glued several sheets together in order to include specific content, such as the Metro logo or colored strips (to make the piping). I can estimate that it was between 200-300 sheets for the dress alone, and more for the hat.

Do you think you would make a dress out of paper again in the future? What other creative materials would you like to work with?

MG: I would make another paper dress; however, in the long term I am more interested in creating wearable pieces. I would like to create my own textiles using techniques like felting or weaving. Perhaps my work in paper will inform future creations in other mediums.


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CoCo & Rico Executive Editor, Celia Leung

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A Week After Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

I was only fortunate enough to catch one night of shows during Vancouver Eco Fashion Week—but what I saw I liked, and what I liked left me eager make my own wardrobe a little more eco-conscious.

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The shows I saw inspired me to give clothing I already own a new life, by tailoring or re-envisioning, and to think twice before I buy that too-cheap-to-pass-up mass market summer dress.  The environmental impacts of the textile industry, as well as the social ones, are not given enough public attention.

Seeing the collections of these eco-conscious designers, an impressive level of design talent was merged with emphasis on ethically sourced materials and fair labour practices.  Prophetik boasts natural dyes and low-impact fabrics.  Adhesif is designed and constructed locally in Vancouver with reclaimed fabrics and vintage notions.  Vancouver-native fiveleft tans his leather pieces with an ancient vegetable-based method, with all pieces constructed in BC. LRMA x London Alexander  is a Squamish-based designer who makes his men’s line locally and with sustainable fabrics whenever possible.  These designers are just a few of the many who are increasingly looking to prove that fashion doesn’t have to come at the expense of the earth.

As a consumer, it’s all too easy to overlook the importance of buying ethically sourced and produced clothing.  We’re faced with a market flooded with cheap, mass-produced fashion—and it’s time to let our buying habits shift in a more positive direction. Eco Fashion Week has proven that being eco-friendly does not mean having to sacrifice style—it means actively thinking about where our clothing comes from, “from process to product.” 

Time to re-evaluate our closets, perhaps?

CoCo & Rico Media Director, Angelina Tagliafierro

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Looking Back at VFW: Mackenzie Jones ft. Danielle Cameron

Mackenzie Jones Featuring Danielle Cameron, SS 2012. Photo from VFWBlog.com.

Megan Mackenzie and Danielle Cameron stunned the crowd at Vancouver Fashion Week last month with a dramatic showing of their collection, Mackenzie Jones featuring Danielle Cameron. We interview the designers to get their thoughts on the event and their collaboration together. Continue reading

A Night Out: “Blush” at the Vancouver Playhouse

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I went to this dance show I liked a few weeks ago.

I wore a kimono that was given to me when I was three years old. It’s from Japan. Clearly I am a little bigger than when I was three so it’s more of a shirt now. The only reason I was able to attend the show, which featured a company from out of town, was because I got the ticket for Christmas. So yes, I’d been looking forward to it. I usually go to dance shows alone and this time was no different, however the event seemed emptier than usual. There were no distractions in the see and be seen milieu. Fortunately the work on stage was engaging enough that it didn’t really matter to me that no one saw me in my floral get up. I didn’t wear it for them anyway.

The company performing was Gallim Dance, from New York City, the show was at the Vancouver Playhouse presented by DanceHouse. The work featured was called “Blush” choreographed by Andrea Miller, the company’s Artistic Director. If you care about contemporary dance at all, I can tell you that there was some pretty mad emotion demonstrated by the performers. I personally love when dance becomes less about the technical ability of the dancers and more about translating the regular human plight through body movement. I connected to the work as a woman, as a person, as an emotional wreck, as a lover, as a Wolf Parade fan and as someone who wears kimonos.

Well done.

CoCo & Rico Contributor, Kara Nolte

Designer Profile: Farida Lalji

We featured Farida Lalji in the first issue of CoCo & Rico Magazine and watched as she showed off her latest collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Saturday. We catch up with her here to discuss her designs and the event. Continue reading

VFW From Home

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I love attending Fashion Week. The hustle and bustle backstage, the amazing style of the audience, the snaps of camera shutters at the end of the runway, and of course, seeing the beautiful collections of talented designers. However, because of a recent foot injury, I’ve become housebound. Not only am I restricted from wearing my high heels, but I haven’t been attending Vancouver Fashion Week as well. I feel like Lindsay Lohan under house arrest.

Being cooped up at home missing out on both fashion week and the warm sunny weather is miserable, which is why I’m so glad that Vancouver Fashion Week teamed up with FOY Media Group this season to produce a live stream of their shows. I may not be dressed up in the front row enjoying the sights and sounds at the Chinese Cultural Centre on East Pender, but I do get to watch from the comfort of my own home, in my plush robe and with a bowlful of ice cream. It doesn’t replace actually being there in person, but at least now I don’t have to miss a fashion moment.

CoCo & Rico Executive Editor, Celia Leung

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A Word With Byron Abad

Vancouver Fashion Week is well underway and CoCo & Rico caught up with Byron Abad, a student at LaSalle College and designer behind the Synikal line, to discuss his participation in one of the city’s most stylish events.



Photograph LaSalle College.

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A Night at Suki’s on Granville

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“As a stylist, the collection allows me to work with hair as a fabric and can be manipuluted in many ways yet with so much detail . . . it is also very commercial which can be applied to any guest I have in the salon.” —James Valiant

Last Wednesday, Suki’s on South Granville presented the L’Oreal “Somptueux” Spring and Summer 2012 collection.  Their Artistic Team, James Valiant and Jessica Clark, presented the collection. 2012 is all about luxury and magnificence  translating easily between hair and different elements.

VFW Fall 2012!

And so it begins!  We’re looking forward to another inspiring season of Vancouver Fashion Week, kicked off at the Opening Gala tonight. A week to discover new talents, create, and be inspired!

For more details or to check out the schedule (maybe we’ll see you there!), see vanfashionweek.com.

Pictured above, Mandy Ross as MC at the Opening Gala, tonight at the Opus Hotel.

People Who Make Things: Photographer Loren Ruby

This week, CoCo & Rico contributor Kara Nolte begins a new series, Kara Gets Creative About Why Creatives Do What They Do.

Follow her as she chats up the colourful people around her about their work and their lives, and gains some insight into why we create.

This week, Loren Ruby: a photographer on seeing clearly.

“I can never be 100% sure of anything…but I can see”

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