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An Aery Sprite
This dress (pictured below) was inspired by a 1917 photograph taken of the too little-known American nature writer, Opal Whiteley. The angelic-looking Opal is wearing a diaphanous white dress, and butterflies have lit on the dress, her hair, and her outstretched hands.
The dress is a white-on-white patterned voile trimmed with cotton lace, silk flowers with pearls, and origami butterflies folded from white organza.
As the webmaster of The Garden of Origami, I had run across the Fabric Origami Workshop web site, and I had been dying to design a dress using this technique ever since. For a butterfly-themed performance which also featured music inspired by the childhood diary of Opal Whiteley, I finally had a chance to integrate three of my favorite modes of expression: music, origami, and costume design.
Here is a close-up view of the origami butterflies.
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