Who knew wearing paper could look so elegant?

Richard Avedon’s most famous fashion portraits are the ones that seem to capture the essence of elegance in the movement of a fabric or the graceful lines of a long limb. It’s Dovima in a Dior dress, arms outstretched towards two elephants, swan-like neck craned into a perfect arc. It’s Veruschka suspended into the air in a Bill Blass mini dress, as if the very mood of the era was a springboard beneath her satin slipper-clad feet. Avedon’s uncommon knack for immortalising fashion’s elegant side is something that continues to be admired, and it’s a skill Iban Montero pays tribute to in his latest shoot Limited Paper.

But as well as wowing with its Avedon-like black and white elegance, Montero’s shoot has another – surprise – draw: the dresses are all made out of paper.

paper dress

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Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)
Limited Paper by Iban Montero (NSFW)

Ane Lopez created the gowns from seamless paper, accompanying them with equally impressive elegant hats and headpieces. The vintage-inspired sculpured hair and arched brows by Ana Gorbea complete the transformation of model Natalia Iturregui into the kind of woman who easily would have posed for Avedon’s lens in the late 1940s or early ’50s. And with her lithe figure and graceful poses, Iturregui plays it perfectly.

View the full shoot by Iban Montero (ibanmontero.com) by clicking on the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.