- Title: BOLIVIA: FASHION - Bolivian catwalk showcases paper fashion
- Date: 27th November 2009
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MODEL MAYWA JAUREGUI, SAYING: "At first we were asked ourselves how we were going to walk the catwalk [wearing paper dresses], but now we see it as something a lot easier. Now we know how all it all works with the paper and everything. So, I am very pleased."
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- Topics: Fashion
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- Story Text: The ultimate in environmentally-friendly fashion was shown off on a La Paz catwalk this weekend in the shape of paper dresses, skirts and hats.
Designer Marion Macedo has become renowned for her cutting edge designs made entirely of paper and she took inspiration for her latest show from celebrations marking Bolivia's bicentenary.
Bolivia gained its independence from Spain in 1809 and Macedo took ideas for her latest collection from the colonists of the period as well as from the indigenous population of the time.
"Seeing as it is the year of the bicentennial, we decided to dedicate the collection to the bicentennial. We were inspired by old drawings of fashion for 200 years ago. We compiled sketches from historians who travelled all around recreating the traditions from this time. We got our inspiration from that," said Macedo.
The models told Reuters they were nervous at first to wear the fragile designs, but later grew comfortable strutting down the runway in the delicately decorated pieces.
"At first we were asked ourselves how we were going to walk the catwalk [wearing paper dresses], but now we see it as something a lot easier. Now we know how it all works with the paper and everything. So, I am very pleased," said model Maywa Jauregui.
Macedo launched her first paper fashion designs in 2005 and using a variety of paper products for her elaborate designs.
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