Paper Dress designed and made by Sonya Sanchez Arias
Paper Dress (Trinidad & Tobago)
designed and made by Sonya Sanchez Arias
Domtar Solutions® and the “Fashion of

This magnificent, intricately-detailed dress is made entirely of paper…. specifically, Domtar Solutions! With this dress, Solutions® -- while primarily intended for printing and post-press applications -- demonstrates its expert command of a multitude of end uses beyond just printing.

Designed and created by Sonya Sanchez-Arias, a renowned photographic stylist, and art director, this dress took over 150 hours of design and production, and about 100 sheets of Solutions, one of the premium text & cover papers offered from Domtar’s Earth Choice environmental product line-up. Sonya tapped into the rich recesses of Solutions’ color palette to create everything from the skirt to the shoes, flowers, jewelry, hair piece and basket of fruit.

Responding to AIGA Miami’s “call for entries” for its 6th annual “Fashion of Paper” show, a runway showcase of cultural fashions constructed purely from paper, Sonya (along with other member designers) submitted a layout/design sketch for review by the chapter’s Board. Judged on strength of design, paper and “wow” factor, 16 dresses were selected to represent various designated countries and varying papers manufactured by 10 different mills.

The Solutions dress, representing Trinidad and Tobago, has a skirt base comprised of over 10 sheets of paper, cut into panels and dipped into salt water. Pre-treating the paper made it supple and malleable for draping over large cones to shape the ruffled pleats. In proprietary colors ranging from Mango and Pineapple to Gingko and Thai Gold, each of the hundreds of floral clusters that adorn the skirt were either hand-punched or hand-cut, while the leaves were cut and hand-crimped. The bodice was custom-fitted to Sonya’s model, Jolene Mattison, and was papier-mâchéd directly onto Jolene’s body to replicate her precise form. The exquisite Basket of Fruit was created from a variety of techniques and represents the assorted bounty of a Trinidadian harvest with pineapple, bananas, avocados, chennets, oranges, limes and coconuts.

Born and raised on
Trinidad, Sonya conveys the island’s fusion of color and abundance of artistic and cultural expressions with this dress, crediting her earliest influence to her mother’s creativity as an artist and costume maker. Although Sonya’s Trinidad and Tobago dress creation is exceptional, this project is yet another example of her everyday work, transforming that which others see as ordinary into the sublime and extraordinary.

Photography: Fernando Arias
Model: Jolene Mattison
Hair and Make-up: Julianna Moss
Paper Dress designed and made by Sonya Sanchez Arias
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Paper Dress designed and made by Sonya Sanchez Arias

Paper Dress designed and made by Sonya Sanchez Arias
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