Althea is nervous, saying that though she can make anything out of any fabric, she has no idea what shapes are good when made from paper. "It's like, seriously, starting from like, the bottom," she says, "and trying to work your fashion sense into it." She says she wants to experiment, because she doesn't really know how to do it. I just like Althea. She really loves designing, and it shows.
Carol Hannah has an ambitious plan to make a ball gown, including a very full skirt of dyed paper. She starts early on the dyeing to make sure it is dry in time, but is not really pleased with how the color is looking. Meanwhile, Nicolas is flipping out a little. He has never worked with paper before, apparently, and it's throwing him, big time. Irina, in contrast, seems full of confidence. She appears to be making a dress and intends to paint it to where it looks just like fabric.
At her station, tiny Shirin has decided to paper mâché a bodice and create "some crazy, origami-esque skirt" to go with it. Well, she got the crazy part, down. She's over there talking to herself, singing, using weird voices... maybe she was sniffing too much of the paper mâché glue? Everyone seems to be pretty irritated by it. "I don't think I've ever really met a small woman like that," Logan says, cheerfully, in an interview, "that makes so much noise." Nicolas is not quite so charmed. "I know we're kind of the same age," he says, "but it just makes me feel like, I'm 40 around her. She turns into this 11-year-old kid who will just not shut up." We see Shirin asking the whole, stressed-out group if any of them have named their mannequins. "Be quiet, you know?" Nicolas says to the camera. "Just sit there and do your work." Teeny bird people have a lot of energy, y'all. It is how they survive in the wild. They have to move fast while the rest of us lumber around them.
Speaking of birds, Johnny's inspiration is also origami. He smugly tells Christopher that his idea is to put together a wrap dress and have large origami birds on the shoulder that appear to be holding it up. Now, I realize as I type that that the weird part sounds like the shoulder birds, but actually the birds look like they might end up being cool. It's the dress that's a tragedy. Nicolas interviews that as he watches Johnny drape it, it just looks more and more awful -- especially when Johnny decides to paint it red. "This is just some wrinkled up paper," Nicolas says in an interview, "with pig's blood all over it." Based on what we can see, I have to agree. The paper is super-wrinkled, and the shape is not cleanly defined at all. And, yes, the dye is a mess. Nicolas, however, has little room to talk. He has like, a single triangle of paper on the shoulder of his mannequin. Look to your own house, FP.