Journey to a Thousand Paper Cranes
The high-low gown is comprised of 1000 folded origami cranes ombred on the bottom portion of the dress. The folded origami is balanced with the soft, organza sweetheart bodice. An ancient Japanese legend says that if one person folds 1000 paper cranes, he/ she is granted one wish. For my dress, thirty-eight people graciously helped with folding the paper cranes. To make it more personal and meaningful, each person wrote their own individual wish tucked inside a crane that was randomly placed on the skirt of the gown. The cranes carry each person's story and aspirations, and that creates the journey of making 1000 paper cranes.