These dresses were created by Uruguay based designers Mercedes Arocena and Lucia Benitez for their thesis project. During their research about generations of civilizations they discovered that most garments were built out of rectangles and squares. That lead them to creating this line, “Nintai”–patience in Japanese, which utilizes geometrical figures as the basis of development for these origami-inspired dresses. Their collection uses the aspects of origami such as folding, creasing and building of the structures out of rectangles and patterns without the use of paper.
“It was constant work to do and undo, garments took much care, it was so white and so delicate that we did not feel comfortable leaving it in the hands of another person. We split between two of the six clothing items and between machine and hand, very slowly, we were putting together the clothes.
Even the process of the entire fabric sizing was performed by us in a very small scale. We also each module, some of the structures are nearly 200 modules, which meant many hours of cutting, folding, more everything after assembly.” — BlogCouture Interview
Photography: Santiago Epstein – DOMINO – www.domino.com.uy
Model: Steffi Rauhut
Make up: Ivana Layton
Hair: Roberto Tajes