Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Pleiades" Collection Lookbook by Gemma Fleming

I am pleased to present the complete lookbook for my "Pleiades" Collection. Please email me for price inquiries or to place a custom order inspired by the designs that are part of this collection: papuszacouture@gmail.com.

Big love and thanks to talented Gemma Fleming for capturing all the looks and laying out such a gorgeous lookbook. If you haven't seen her beautiful fashion film, conveying the magic of the collection, please watch it here

Director: Gemma Fleming
Assistant Director: Susanna Patrick
Couture by PapuszaCouture
Couture millinery by Katie Burley Millinery
Models: Ashley Garner and Alaia Baldwin
Hair: Hikaru Hiranu
MU: Tara Lauren
Custom textiles fabricated by Keelan Kelly. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Pleiades" Fashion Film by Gemma Fleming

"It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” -Lawrence M. Krauss 

It was both an honor and a delight to work with the brilliant and talented Gemma Fleming, who directed and created a fashion film capturing my most recent couture collection, "Pleiades". The film was opened and shown alongside my collection at See Me Gallery during NYFW last month. Leading up to this production I spent months of long days working on creating this carefully crafted artisan couture... it was truly delightful seeing the vision come to life through Gemma's mad skill, and the talent of our epic team as a whole, for that matter. 

The one thing that I can say about this whole project and collection-from start to finish-is that I never wanted it to end. I wanted to stay in this dreamed up couture world forever, with these beautiful Pleiades and all of the wonderful friends and people that where being makers of their magical world with me. From the making of this fashion film to the beautiful NYFW Presentation of this collection, I didn't want it to end. But all great stories must come to an end. I guess that's the point of it all. To sum it all up I really just like to be able to remember "You couldn't be here if the stars hadn't exploded..."

See some behind the scenes pics, credits for our awesome crew and film below. I couldn't be more delighted with the outcome. 

Director: Gemma Fleming
Assistant Director: Susanna Patrick
Couture by PapuszaCouture

Couture millinery by Katie Burley Millinery
Models: Ashley Garner and Alaia Baldwin
Hair: Hikaru Hiranu
MU: Tara Lauren
Visual Effects by Victoria Lahti

Featuring art installation details by Rosanna Scimeca and textiles custom made by Keelan Kelly.

"PLEIADES" from Gemma Fleming on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shoot with ENR and Tess Munster for "Guerriere" | Wardrobe by Papusza Couture

In November I had the pleasure of designing wardrobe for a shoot with my good friend/talented photographer Elizabeth Raab and the stunning Tess Munster, as our beautiful muse. Needless to say I was elated with excitement about this shoot; not only is Elizabeth one of my favorite photographers, but I have also long admired the beauty, confidence and attitude of depth that the stunning and smart Tess Munster represents in the industry. I drew inspiration from the beautiful and strong yet soft Nordic goddess Freyja for the wardrobe I designed, creating a flowing long gauze and organza gown-with a train flowing 6 feet long-and embellishments including real pheasant wings, hand stitched delicately into place over Tess's shoulders. I also created an antler mohawk crown, featuring a third pheasant wing, as part of the ensemble-this looked stunning framing Tess's beautiful face, done up by the talented MUA Nikki Lopez. I am in love with the way that the image came out-the whole day was such a delight. I truly enjoyed working with all these talented ladies!

A few more taken behind the scenes:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ransom & Mitchell's "Temperance" at Last Rites Gallery, Wardrobe by Papusza Couture

In October I had the pleasure of working with the talented duo Ransom & Mitchell on a shoot for a show entitled "Tarot Under Oath" at Last Rites Gallery in Manhattan. The opening for the show was at the end of January, and I was fortunate to be in NYC preparing for my show "Pleiades" at the time, allowing me to attend the opening and view the piece. It was absolutely stunning, and stuck out with Ransom & Mitchell's unique and otherworldly aesthetic. The couture pieces I created for "Temperance" where among some of the first pieces I created as part of my "Pleiades" collection. I loved the way that this image came out so much that it was used in the flier promoting the NYFW debut of the collection. Please have a peak at "Temperance" below. I felt truly honored to be part of the team that worked on this project.


Photographer/Director: Jason Mitchell
Set Designer/Retoucher: Stacey Ransom
Model: Kate Connely
Hair: Jaymz Marez
MUA: Lisa Zomer