ZOE BRADLEY’S COLLABORATION WITH M&S WINS MOST CREATIVE VISUAL AT JASMINE AWARDS
We were delighted to hear this week that our collaboration with Marks & Spencer won Best Creative Visual at the annual Jasmine Awards, held at BAFTA London on Wednesday 16th March. Under the Creative Direction of Karen Davidson of Paul Barry Design, paper artist Zoe Bradley created six different paper shapes, inspired by the festive season, including a holly leaf and winged Angel to illustrate the ‘Forever Fragrance’, timeless classic’s that every women should take note of.
These seasonal paper shapes were beautifully shot by the aptly named photographer Christophe Bouquet for the M&S online magazine Style & Living.
The award was introduced in 2012 for a stand alone piece with minimal words which stood the test of time of inspiring the reader by its visual impact.
Despite the panel of judges expressing it was a very tough decision due to the high quality of entries. The Forever Fragrances online piece secured first prize, with words by Emma Robertson.
Well Done & Congratulations on a great team effort with this successful collaboration.
ZOE BRADLEY COLLABORATES WITH SOTHEBY’S TO CREATE A UNIQUE INSTALLATION
Tomorrow will see the unveiling of five incredible works of art created by reknowned paper artist Zoe Bradley. The unique pieces were created by Bradley and her small team of highly skilled crafts people from her UK studio. Each piece takes its inspiration from rare and beautiful works of art that have been curated ready for auction by the famous auction house Sothebys. Entitled Of Royal & Noble Descent, the works on view once belonged to royal and aristocratic European families.
They have literally been bought to life through Zoe Bradley’s paper sculptures, which include a pair of gold shoes encrusted with Swarovski crystals, a large white Ruff with intricate cut out detail to emulate lace work, an oversize gold crown also beautifully adorned with precious Swarovski stones and pearls, a large 17th Century inspired wig, complete with feathers, birds, roses, bows and small flower chains held in place by soft pastel pearls. Each bow has a faceted cut crystal attached, also from Swarovski.
The largest piece is a 6 metre long red dress. A masterpiece in paper manipulation, it contains thousands of ruffles and hundreds of roses and bows. All produced in a deep rich iridescent red paper to give the illusion of centuries old silk. Again the bodice is adorned with red Magma crystals from Swarovski that sparkle wonderfully under the gallery lights.
The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow Thursday 14th January until next Monday 18th with a special Late Night View this Friday 15th January with a special Fashion Talk by Old Master Specialist and Harpers Bazaar Contributing Editor @bazaaruk Jonquil O’Reilly.
BOX SETS SHOT FOR DECEMBER BRITISH VOGUE
The new issue of British Vogue, whose front cover is graced by model of the moment Karlie Kloss, is packed full of festive cheer from the best parties to the most colourful and sparkling accessories. And talking about all things sparkly and shiny, as you might expect with the countdown to Christmas, we would ask you to take a peek at page 256 – entitled Box Sets, its our 6 page editorial shoot showcasing the best high jewellery.
It was a striking collaboration working alongside British female photographer Lacey, whose clients include Louis Vuitton, Dior, NARS, Kate Spade and Bloomingdales. Her eye for graphic detail and composition is a perfect collaboration with Zoe’s clean-cut modern style.
Vogue’s Jewellery Editor, Carol Woolton was responsible for editing the finest pieces of jewellery from the world’s best high-end jewellery brands.
Zoe was responsible for designing and creating the intricate and refined colour palette of paper sets. When asked to collaborate with Lacey on this issue Zoe and Lacey discussed concepts of states of wrapping and unwrapping, with a magical feel. A recent trip to Japan inspired Zoe to explore the ‘Art or wrapping.’Exploring Japanese wrapping styles and a very subtle palette of flesh tone, ivory, silver, gold, and teal with a hint of red. All the wrapping was created and hand sculpted by Zoe and her team from there studio. Modern geometric patterned ribbons, spools, and hundreds of intricate bows were created to adorn every miniature present and box in the paired back colour palette in order to highlight the details and forms. A highlight is the feather quill pen, which is intricately laser cut from a metallic finished paper, which has a wonderful luminous quality.
The soft and muted feminine colour palette works well against the bold shot of teal and red colour background. It also let’s the intricate pieces of fine jewellery shine out.
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ZOE BRADLEY’S JAMES BOND SPECTRE DAY OF THE DEAD DRESS WITH OMEGA WATCHES
As opening film sequences go, the new James Bond film, Spectre is pretty spectacular.
Celebrating the annual festival of Day of the Dead, a cast of thousands pulsate through the sultry heat of the Mexico City streets. They are dressed in the most elaborate and detailed costumes ever undertaken in any James Bond film.
We were delighted therefore to get a call from leading luxury watch brand, Omega, whose timepieces have been worn by James Bond for the last 20 years, to ask if we could recreate one of the spectacular dresses that feature in the opening sequence.
Zoe Bradley and her team set to work on sketches, designing elaborate and voluminous dress shapes and headpieces, incorporating large flowers and skulls. All of which were to be realised in paper!
The dress was commissioned by the top department store in Berlin Kaufhaus des Westerns (KaDeWe), whose entire windows have been dedicated to the new James Bond film.
The Day of the Dead dress was created from our studio using hundreds of hand crafted white paper flowers and 15 skulls were painstakingly put together using white paper. These were then applied by hand to the dress frame, creating a huge sweep across the window and framing a film still from the opening Mexico sequence.
Actress Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny opened the Omega James Bond exhibition at the luxury department last week ahead of the Berlin Premiere of the film. The exhibition is open to the public until the 14th November 2015.
ZOE BRADLEY COLLABORATES WITH JAPANESE STORE HANKYU
This month Zoe Bradley Design collaborated with premier Japanese department store, Hankyu in Osaka to create seven stunning windows to launch the new season collections for Autumn Winter 2015. Taking inspiration from the textures and embellishment that many designers were showing for the coming season, we pushed paper to its limits and created oversized couture style gowns and headpieces to bring the dramatic windows to life.
Highlights include a deep claret pom pom gown, which tumbles and cascades from a gold mannequin, perched bird-like from a high swing and a voluminous Hydrangea gown complete with headpiece that fills an entire window. The shear size of the enormous windows, played to Zoe Bradley’s strengths of over scaling the silhouettes from the 4 metre high dresses to an expansive blossom headpiece that stretches across the window and the magical swirling butterfly headpiece that grows from the mannequin’s head rotating across the window. A vision of fantastical fluttering wings, where each butterfly is adorned with a single Swarovski crystal.
The creations were very fashion focused as we set out to imagine seven ‘Gorgeous’ windows that takes you on a journey through a magical garden from the hundreds of colourful drop flowers to a huge flowering rose branch.
For the first time, Zoe Bradley also collaborated with the worlds leading crystal brand, Atelier Swarovski. Hundreds of sparkling crystals were applied to the dresses and the butterflies. The effect was spectacular, as it gave real depth and sparkle to the bespoke creations and re-enforced the fashion trend of embellishment. Each crystal was painstakingly applied by hand. The whole showcase of the windows was about craftsmanship and decoration and yet again showed how the medium of hundreds of sheets of flat paper can be realised into something very unique and visually exciting.
The work was on an enormous scale and the Zoe Bradley team simply could not have achieved such magnificent creation without the manpower, skill and patience of the Hankyu team who we worked alongside in their Kyoto workshop in the run up the installation. This has been our biggest creation to date and probably has set some kind of world record on creating the largest number of windows made solely from paper. We hope you can see from the images the craftsmanship and skill that took place in creating these magnificent windows.
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