See How This Mother/Daughter Duo Turn Playbills Into Reclaimed Fashion
For 2022, Sterling and Dara transformed into Elphaba and Madame Morrible from Wicked; let’s see how they did it!
They source their Playbills from shows they and their friends have seen in New York and on tour
Careful folding of the Playbill pages add texture and dimension
Dara carefully color matched different advertisements and photos in Playbills to create a dark base color for Elphaba’s dress
Non-toxic craft glue sets the folded pieces like pleats on fabric!
And then the pleats are ready to be attached to a base fabric skirt
By rolling thin strips of paper, and then affix them with glue, beads were made for appliques.
Even her hat was made out of Playbills; Paper Millinery!
2022 was the first year they set out to replicate a costume; usually Sterling comes up with the designs herself, like this bubbly dress!
Every step is incredibly detailed; even her belt was Playbill branded!
In order to protect the fragile paper, most dresses have a base made out of either fabric or duct tape
Construction paper is used to add weight for supportive elements
Every circle is hand cut for visual variance
The bodice was a bonafide who’s who!
She was ready to dance the night away in this swirling ensemble
Do you recognize the headshots on her lapels?
The iconic Playbill logo played a big part in pattern making
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