If you’d told me a few weeks ago that I’d be attending a fashion show where all the garments were made from paper, and that I’d meet one of the stars of my favourite TV show, I would have been more than a tad surprised.
But that’s exactly what happened one Friday last month. The event in question was Out of Print, a fashion show arranged by Bookbarn International and judged by a panel including none other than Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, of Game of Thrones fame.
In case you haven’t heard of it before (as I hadn’t), Bookbarn International is a huge warehouse of used books, all of which cost just £1 each, located on the outskirts of Bristol near Shepton Mallet. There are literally thousands of titles covering every topic imaginable, from autobiographies and fiction to history, science and Penguin Classics.
A couple of months ago Bookbarn International set 12 local designers the challenge of creating an outfit out of just a handful of books, chosen at random. The result was an evening of unique, painstakingly created garments shown on a runway in the centre of the barn. I went along to support my friend Shelley (who I’m delighted to say picked up a prize for her beautiful two-piece and bookbag) so naturally I took along my camera, too.
Here are some photos from the evening, including one of me and my new BFF…Delicate paper roses adorn a Disney princess-esque skirtA colourful nature-inspired paper outfitThis paper princess dress was modelled alongside the Frozen theme tune ‘Let It Go’A beautiful, waterfall back dress was one of the 12 unique entriesA miniature top hat made from paper, lace and ribbonsLayers of pages and black netting make up this princess skirt Designer Shelly and model Charlotte show off one of the winning designs Maisie Williams and I at the Out of Print fashion show – I had serious eyebrow envy!