In 2004 in São Paulo, Brazilian artist Jum Nakao held a fashion show exhibiting many amazing dresses composed of delicate sheets of intricately cut paper. In an interview about his work, Nakao wrote about a subsequent and similar exhibition by writing:
In the end, everything was torn up on the catwalk. We used vegetable paper and turned it into something sublime and fantastic with low- and high-relief carving, laces and manual cuts, origami, laser cuts. The idea of the project was to show that it does not matter what clothing is made of. People think that everything must be made in high definition, everything must be made in gold, everything must be made in brass, everything must be made in silk, but it doesn’t matter. It shows people that their values need to be reanalyzed, that materiality doesn’t matter. That is why we destroy everything, to show that there is something more important, something much more lasting than what people see and value at first sight.
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