Warehouse's incredible paper dresses

Made by the Talent Spot winner

Make your way down to Warehouse’s Argyll Street store in London this week and you’ll see something a bit different in the window. Instead of winter coats and cosy knits, three beautifully sculptural dresses made of paper are hanging there. Entitled ‘The Haunting’, they’re the creation of Anna Ackred, the latest winner of the Warehouse Talent Spot, in association with ELLE, which was launched to hunt for brilliant film makers and artists.

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We asked Anna to explain more about the pieces in her own words…

Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always been a really creative person so winning the Talent Spot competition has been a fantastic opportunity for me to develop this further.

Why paper?

I studied a fashion design course at Central Saint Martin’s and there I studied paper artists Andy Singleton and Richard Sweeney who explore natural forms through paper sculpture. I wanted to develop upon that idea, exploring fashion design through paper sculpture. It’s a really accessible medium and allows you to create elaborate and intricate sculptural forms in a way you can’t achieve with textiles.

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Do you think fashion and art are intertwined?

I think fashion is an art form. To create garments which are both beautiful to look at and functional as clothing is such a skill - fashion is about creating beauty in the everyday.

What was the concept for your window installation?

I looked at the key trends for the a/w 2013 Warehouse collection and wanted to elaborate further upon the ideas behind the collection by looking outside of fashion for inspiration.

The trends I examined were lace and embellishment, twists in fabric and geometric shapes.

Describe your dream Halloween costume.

It would be a cross between Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and Morticia Addam’s iconic hourglass, fishtail dress; something ethereal and beautiful but gothic and haunting at the same time.

What are you going to be doing this Halloween?

I’m going on a London ghost walk!

The pieces will be on display until Sunday 3rd November.

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