Russia-based creative duo—Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin—began experimenting with paper in 2007 by making opulent historic costumes. Since then, the material has become their signature medium, and they’ve gone on to make collections of impressively ornate Mongolian wedding costumes, masks inlaid with crystals, and even gigantic paper horses. Their newest work is a series of magnificent baroque wigs, sculpted entirely from white paper, which they believe allows them to “highlight the main form and not to be obsessed with unnecessary details.”
Historically, headdresses from the baroque period were worn by both women and men to symbolize wealth and status. They often contained embellishments such as sculpted fruits, flowers, and birds. Kozina explains that the elaborate wigs have always fascinated her, admitting that they make “no practical sense, but they are beautiful.”
While maintaining a traditional aesthetic, the duo’s hand-made paper versions incorporate symbols from the modern world such as airplanes, ferris wheels, and multi-story architecture. Kozina describes the collection as “a combination of old and new luxury, where the skyscraper rises at the top of an ornate hairstyle, and the plane is decorated with flowers and ostrich feathers.”
After the collection was complete, photographer Anastasia Andreeva stepped in to capture each piece’s beauty in a series of baroque-era themed photographs. Models of all ages were used, portraying an aristocratic family.
Paper artists Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin create elaborate headdresses entirely out of paper.
Some include modern symbols—such as airplanes and skyscrapers—hand-cut from paper.
The series also includes miniature versions, housed in glass vessels.
All images via Asya Kozina.
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