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Violise Lunn is a Copenhagen-based fashion designer who creates one-of-a-kind women’s clothing and shoes, women flock to her store to get their hands on her unique, tasteful, high-end pieces and accessories. Lunn graduated from Denmark’s Design School in 1995, and then set up her design studio in 1997, where she experiments with her clothing, expressing dualities such as edginess and strength versus femininity and delicateness. Lunn incorporates an interesting medium into her work through which to express the same qualities as her clothes and shoes; paper.
Lunn’s designs include wedding dresses, coats and blouses that feature bold lines, structure, yet exude a soft, flowing kind of look, all of which her paper designs imitate. Wedding dresses, stiletto heels and other fashion items come to life through Lunn’s paper creations, which at times look like glorified, crumpled up pieces of paper-mâché tinged with color. At other times, the incredibly delicate and fragile paper creations appear eerie and almost unsettling, stylistically similar to the characters and costumes in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Throughout each, however, there remains a sense of femininity; the paper creations represent Lunn’s vision of a woman: bold in character, thought provoking, yet dainty and fragile. It is a concept that is simultaneously contradictory yet understandable.
Her fragile yet feminine paper creations blur the lines between what one sees on the surface and what exists internally. Some of her paper creations (a dress and Victorian-era glove) although made out of simple white paper that has been manipulated to take up a particular shape also feature graphite-colored depictions of bones. In one high-collared, curve-hugging paper dress, Lunn details the top of the spinal chord down to the tailbone, complete with vertebrae. The paper glove, on the other hand, is a cryptic-looking portrayal of hand and wrist bones. Stark, real and frail; the use of paper helps these interesting fashion pieces come to life and provoke strong reactions from their audience.