Everyone goes bananas gathering as much paper as they can in three minutes. The papers are separated on palates by sections -- news, calendar, business, sports, and image -- and then there are huge rolls of blank newsprint as well. Ra'Mon interviews that he already has a point of view, based off a strip of color he sees in a stack of papers. How they avoid getting filthy, I don't know. Irina wonders in an interview why everyone was going so inane grabbing endless stacks of paper. "I mean, you're dressing a human, not an elephant," she says. Finally, they drag their extremely heavy bags of paper to the workroom, exhausted. Carol Hannah tells us that they can create any garment out of the paper, "anything from a bikini to a wedding dress." Tim offers a little more guidance. The designers will have dyes, paintbrushes and markers if they want to add to their designs with those, and they can use muslin as an "infrastructure" for the paper, as long as it does not show. Fabulously, Tim now gives a little lecture on the distinguished history of paper clothing. The first paper dress was created in 1968, he says, and made headline news. "There was quite a fervor for paper clothing," he says. Here is a little more -- it really is interesting. He says they are to consider this history when creating their clothing, but "rebrand" the idea to make it relevant for 2009. The twist? They only have until midnight to finish it.
Everyone gets ripping. In the short time they've known each other, Christopher has obviously been heavily influenced by Nicolas, because his idea is to create a rigid bodice with a full skirt of hundreds of feathers made of paper. They don't show it, but you know the Feather Prince must be proud.
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.