Butterfield Merges Textile Technique with Historic Costume Trends

NEWTON – Under the mentorship of noted fashion historian Edward Maeder, Lasell College student Kenneisha Butterfield of Framingham, apprenticed the technique of creating paper textiles and applied it their study of historic fashion trends.

Butterfield, a fashion design and production major, was one of 38 students to participate in the team-orientated semester-long project.

“Student research teams incorporated colors and textures as defined from the expressive Rococo period” onto paper, said Professor Jill Carey. The paper then served as a medium for crafting mock garments from the era.

Students first visited the “Casanova’s Europe” exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), where they immersed in the intricacies of 18th century culture and style.

A few days later, Maeder visited campus to present his work.

Equipped with historical knowledge and technical dexterity, Butterfield teamed up with classmates to conduct research and begin production of a paper dress in the Rococo style, using the handmade textiles.

With faculty guidance, the teams analyzed a piece of art from the Rococo period to use as inspiration for their textile design, created garments using a pattern drafted by Professor Lynn Blake, and displayed their completed dresses at the College’s Connected Learning Symposium.

The project marks the first of its kind in Carey’s 30 years of teaching, and she hopes its influence will extend beyond the Lasell campus.

“A project such as this provides tangible insight into the opulence of dress during the Rococo period,” she said.

The concept of historic recreated paper costume is, according to Carey, a major trend in the exhibition world. Current collections at the Frick Pittsburgh and Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts are just a few of many to highlight signature vintage elements of dress using custom paper textiles.

“The ten finished pieces should be part of a traveling exhibition for their artistry, charm, and historic inspiration.”


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