Sunday, December 26, 2010

MEGA SALE!!! Ring in 2011 Rocking Papusza Style!

Excited for all that is to come in 2011, Papusza is putting select pieces from numerous collections on sale for less then half of their original price!!! Please see sale pieces below, and email me with any questions you might have about measurements, price negotiations, and setting up possible fittings. Happy New Year to you!!! Why not ring it in wearing something fabulous!!!

Bluebird Dress-Now $150 (Originally $350). Faux fur, crepe cotton, satin, lace and reconstructed lingering. Size 2-4.

Neopolitan Cupcake Dress-Now $200 (Originally $500). Satin and tulle. Size 4.

Taxidermy Butterfly Case Dress-Now $275 (Originally $600). Tulle, satin, feather butterfly and bone. Size 4.

Swandive-Now $240 (Originally $500). Tulle, silk and jersey. Size 4.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Paramicha at the Wearable Art Awards

I am excited to announce that 2 looks from Paramicha, including Katie Burley's couture burka's and my couture tarot gowns, will be exhibited in the 2011 Wearable Art Awards! We will be showing the "Death Card" look and the "High Priestess." Find beautiful photos taken by Elizabeth Raab below, as well as the Artist Statement for Paramicha. Makeup by Chris Milone, hair by Ariane Garcia and model Anelisa Durham.


by Papusza Couture With Couture Millinery by Katie Burley

“Paramicha: (noun) Gypsy fairy tales, told for the skill of the storyteller.”

Paramicha-a work in progress-is a collection of wearable art and, made primarily using tarot cards, incorporating an eclectic variety of fair trade ethnic fabrics, as well as heirloom objects and cultural symbols, in reflection of the traveling spirit. The garments, an ode to the Roma (aka Gypsies), include tarot cards from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth and Tarot of the Cat People decks. The beaded, couture burka was created with the intent of limiting verbal communication so that the cards may become the sole messenger.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Dress Sale!!! Kinsella Dress and Bolero-50% Off!!!

Attend all your fabulous holiday events looking smashing in this fun and colorful tartan plaid cocktail dress with matching bolero! Skirt of dress and bolero are made of silk taffeta, and the bodice of dress is in black sequence. Dress zips up the back and has tulle crinoline built into it for incredible volume in the skirt. AND... if it couldn't get any better it is on sale through the holidays for only $200, half of it's original price!!! This piece has a stretch bodice and can fit a size 4-6. Please email me with any inquiries at

Would look amazing with LIMBS in magenta, on sale through December for only $20 a pair (normally $28)!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CUTE DRESSES!!! Perfect for Holiday Parties!! On Sale!!!

Are you looking for the perfect dress to wear to all your fun holiday parties during this festive season??? Do you want to avoid crazy malls and department store shopping scenarios? Well if you are, come to Papusza!!! Select, handmade, one of a kind darling cocktail dresses will be available for sale through the Papusza in Birdland blog during the month of December. All are handmade in Brooklyn with love by Kaytee P, and will be sure to make a unique splash and stand apart in all your festive party scenarios. Ring into the New Year right, and in very Papusza style. Please feel free to email any inquiries about sizing, etc. to

Today's Featured Holiday Dress Sale Item: Lolli Babydoll Dress

Baby doll dress with white tulle underskirt. Top skirt is black shantung silk with silver metallic net fabric bow/bustle overlay. Magenta velvet on top with cap sleeves. Ties in back with strips of black raw shantung silk.

Size: XS, Fits 0-2
Special Sale Price $250 (Originally $400).

Above photo by Kat Bret. Dress worn in photo with cape by Sirius.

Would look great with Cloud Limbs also on sale for a special holiday price!!!

Above photo by Gemma Fleming.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Papusza Limbs Tights Holiday Sale

Photo by Gemma Fleming.

Looking for stocking stuffers for the fun fabulous ladies in your life? Then why not opt for some beautiful, hand-dyed, cozy tights, available in 7 different colors and 3 different dye patterns? Thick and cozy, nylon-lycra tights are sure to spice up any girls stocking drawer, and put a playful and unique spice into all her favorite winter ensembles. If it couldn't get better then that these babies are on sale through the holidays for just $20 a pair (normally $28)!!!! What a deal!!! They can be shipped anywhere worldwide.

To place an order or for inquiries please email See available colors and dye pattern options below. Hopefully Papusza can help stuff your stockings with some limbs!!!

Please note: any color and dye pattern can be combined.

All photos by Gemma Fleming.

Color: Amethyst & Dye Pattern: Dip Dye

Color: Sky & Dye Pattern: Dip Dye

Color: Magenta & Dye Pattern: Ombre

Color: Clover & Dye Pattern: Ombre

Color: Rust & Dye Pattern: Ombre

Color: Cloud & Dye Pattern: Ombre

Color: Red & Dye Pattern: Bruise

Color: Red & Dye Pattern: Ombre Over Black

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Papusza Costume Factory

October was a busy month in Papuszaland! I made 14 Halloween costumes in October. the spectrum was broad-from birds, to sailor baby suits, to My Little Ponies, to Peter Pan. I even made a Christine robe, recreating the one in the Phantom of the Opera! Here is a sneak peak of some of the fun Halloween costumes I made this year!!!

Peter Pan

Christine Robe-Phatom of the Opera

My Little Pony Hoodie

Bird of War-It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Angry Bird


Dylan does not appear to like his costume, haha!

Melissa looking Smoking in the Aunty Entity Dress I made her!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Papusza Couture Conjoined Gown on the Stilted Siamese Twin Muses

A couple of weeks ago the fairytale of the Stilted Siamese Twins began. The fairytale was born organically, but the candy colored conjoined dress was dreamlike on the stilted sister, connected at the hip, and a mirror image of opposing colors.

When I created the dress in September (initially for swing girls at Soiree) I had the image of Victorian Valentine's in my mind... you may know the type; filled with birds, hearts, bowing fellows and giggling doll-like girls. The conjoined dress was made using shantung silk, which I hand dyed or feather appliqued heart-like patterns on around the chests, and tons of hand dyed tulle. The hearts are important because as I made it I thought a lot about how conjoined twins often share organs of the body, which often leads to the end of one or both of their lives. I also think heart/love is important in drawing 2 being close together (literally), as the organic process of being born connected would certainly create a closeness of hearts. In contrast, the gowns were created in opposing colors, to represent different personalities and allow them their own individuality.

I was so happy when amazing performers Ali Luminescent and Christine Geiger (also and awesome makeup artist) wore the dress on stilts, in character, to perform at very exciting fantastical party. That was the night that the "Cotton Candy Flavored Victorian Siamese Twin Stilting Act" was born. The ladies did a beautiful job with their own hair, wigs and accessories, to perfectly compliment the dresses.

The party was in honor of several very important affairs; primarily Cynthia Von Buhler's birthday. Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman where also guests of honor at the affair, and toasted their engagement. This was very exciting to me as I love Amanda's music and have been reading Neil's graphic novels since I was 11.

I was sad that I was unable to attend the fabulous party. I was happy that so many fantastic people captured photos of it. There was a floor full of mermaids covering the bathroom tiles and in the tub, CVB wore a mer-tail on a bed in the center of the room all night, there was an amazing merry go ride for party goers to play on, and Amanda Palmer performed live! I would have loved to have been there. There was even an incredible machine, full of otherworldly scenes, created by Empire S.N.A.F.U.-see more beautiful work here.

I plan to continue developing the character of the Stilted Siamese Twins. Stay tuned for more projects in the upcoming months.

In the meantimes feast your eyes on some beautiful shots from the party...

Photo by Mark Hoffman

Siamese Twins chat with Cynthia Von Buhler (on bed in tail), Molly Crabapple and Larisa Fuchs. Photo by Paul Weiner.

Photo by Paul Weiner.

The twins among the party goers. Photo from Ali Luminescent.

The girls play with the Empire S.N.A.F.U. machine. Photo from Ali Luminescent.

Amanda Palmer performing. Photo by Scott Dakota.

This was the bathroom!!! Photo by Scott Dakota.

Toasting Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman's engagement. Photo by Paul Weiner.

Cheers! Photo by Scott Dakota.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Papusza Couture Installation at Soiree

In September I had the pleasure of doing an inspiring couture installation at Soiree, a lovely intimate party, thrown in a DUMBO loft by William Etundi. The project was a wonderful opportunity to exhibit my creative vision, and I was happy to be able to present my aesthetic to such an awesome and appreciative group of people. I also was able to have a gaggle of lovely dolls dressed in past Papusza Couture creations flitting about at the event. They were all a site for sore eyes!!

The concept of the installation was inspired by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and I did 3 gowns. One was made using clock parts and a beautiful woven blue vestment silk, another was a gown a la Red Queen, with a giant dip dyed red tutu, covered in small red roses, and the third was made for 2 to wear... a candy colored shantung silk gown conjoined at the hip, covered in peacock feathers. The project involved very large tulle skirts for each look, and total for the installation I went through 300 yards of tulle!!!

See some of my favorite pictures from the event below. The performers had their hair done by Ariane Garcia and makeup was done by Tiffani Argentina and Ana Perdita. Gorgeous little leather gloves were provided by Lamia Design.

Red Queen Dress Worn by Kayla. Photo by Ariane Garcia.

Clock Dress worn by Lucy. Photo by Ariane Garcia.

Siamese Peacock Twin Gown worn by Stephanie and Eva. Photo by Christine Creiger.

Rachel Singer wearing Papusza from the Origama Pink Collection, FW '09. Photo by Sarah Sparkles.

Ali Luminescent wearing The High Priestess from the upcoming collection Paramicha, dresses a la tarot. Photo by Sarah Sparkles.

Eugina in Neopolitan Cupcake dress from Origama Pink Collection. Photo by Mitchell Parsons.

YaY!!! More Red Queen and the party people. Photo by Mitchell Parsons.

Sandhi wearing Papusza fringed bustier and tutu on the lyra. Photo by Mitchell Parsons

FUNNNN!!! Photo by Mitchell Parsons.

Photo by Victoria Collier

Behind the scenes. Phot by Victoria Collier.

Basking in my tulle after weeks of creating with it. Photo by Victoria Coller.