ajax lee turns nine iconic outfits into paper doll portraits + comic couture
ajax lee turns nine iconic outfits into paper doll portraits + comic couture
jul 15, 2016

ajax lee turns nine iconic outfits into paper doll portraits + comic couture

ajax lee turns nine iconic outfits into paper doll portraits + comic couture




with a keen eye for fashion and a strong sense for the history of high style, taiwan-based photographer and art director ​ajax lee has ‘flattened’ a series of iconic outfits into seemingly 2-dimensional compositions. nine famous ensembles — designed by the likes of christian dior, issey miyake, viktor & rolf and yves saint laurent — are reimagined as ‘paper doll’ clothes, propped up and positioned against live models. 

pierre cardin: space age fashion, 1960s




lee has flattened famous fashion pieces like issey miyake’s 1994 ‘flying saucer’ dress and pierre cardin’s ‘space age fashion’ from the 1960s. shot in an amusement park to match the whimsicality of the scheme, the images depict dresses, coats, skirts and swimsuits ‘cut-out’ from large paper sheets, where ‘tabs’ seemingly secure the garment to the model. surrounded by vibrantly hued backdrops, paper-made accessories such as dogs, cats, and surf boards complete the quirky scenes. 

viktor & rolf, 2010 

christian dior: the new look, 1947

elsa schiaparelli: lobster dress, 1937

yves saint laurent: the mondrian shift dress, 1965

jacques esterel: pink vichy dress for brigitte bardot, 1959

moschino: trompe l’oeil coat, 2001

rudi gernreich: swimsuit, 1971


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