Just when it seems as if nothing more can be done with cellophane, someone comes along and builds a dress from it. And then another and another and another, eventually reaching 200 creations and a reputation for building eye-popping couture from the distinctive material.
Now designer Jennifer Henry, known for her creative cellophane and paper exploits, is the next artist-in-residence at the Cosmopolitan’s P3Studio. She moves into the public workspace on March 27 for a four-week residency where she’ll create and display her cellophane and paper dresses, a stint that culminates with a live fashion show.
Following Henry in Cosmo’s summer lineup is New York artist Todd DiCiurcio (April 24 -May 12), Brooklyn-based performance and installation artist Tamar Ettun (May 15 -June 16), Las Vegas artists Su Limbert and Sierra Slentz (June 19 -July 14) and New York photographer Abby Robinson (July 17-August 18).
But first, the cellophane and paper. At P3, garlands and dresses will take over the space while six fashion videos featuring Henry’s creations screen for guests (who also are welcome to participate in the crinkling process).
Henry says she’s used as much as 20 100-yard rolls of cellophane on one dress and as little as a quarter of a roll on another. The dresses, made with the help of packing tape and double-stick Scotch tape, range from elegant and avant-garde to gorgeous and playful.
Henry says she’s not the first one to use cellophane in fashion, but she’s definitely the one who comes to mind at the mere sight and sound of the luminous, translucent, transparent film. Between five charity fashion shows at the Beat, several magazine covers, photo spreads and appearances at Vegas nightclubs and on runways, Henry’s dresses have been omnipresent in the Valley. More recently, they hit the runway at LA Fashion Week for Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. Henry also made an appearance on TLC’s Sister Wives.
All of this started back in 2009 when Henry, an artist with a BFA in English, created a dress out of amber/butterscotch-colored cellophane when she couldn’t find gold wrapping paper. She started vintage, then moved onto a line of holiday-themed outfits, branding the creations under the name Flockflockflock.
As with other artists in residence, Henry says the temporary design studio will help bring exposure to her work while allowing her time to focus on it.