Ryan Jude Novelline

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Ryan Jude Novelline
Residence United States
Nationality Italian-American
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Known for
Notable work The Golden Book Gown (2010)
Website www.ryanjudenovelline.com

Ryan Jude Novelline /nɔːvɪln/ (novel-een) is an Italian-American contemporary artist and clothing designer.[1][2] He is known as the Prince Charming of avant-garde and eco fashion.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Novelline is the second of four male children born to Dave, an IT professional, and Lisa Anne Novelline, an author and former dancer who performed with the Boston Ballet.[5] He attended Lexington High School where he received a gold key prize from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for a self-portrait drawing and awards for high academic achievement.[6][7] He completed his BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and interned for Diane von Fürstenberg and Walt Disney Imagineering.[8][9]

Selected works[edit]

2008-2011[edit]

In 2008 Novelline was commissioned, among other RISD students and faculty, by GAP creative director Patrick Robinson to create one-of-a-kind cardigans that would be sold out of GAP's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York.[10] In 2011 Novelline created designs that were shown at Harvard University's fashion show, Eleganza. One of his dresses, an aquamarine and topaz Swarovski crystal-embellished gown, was made from repurposed hotel curtains and modeled by Sonia Dara.[11][12]

The Golden Book Gown[edit]

The Golden Book Gown

During an elective college course in RISD's fashion department in 2010, Novelline created a garment from recycled materials. He acquired hundreds of recycled and discarded Little Golden Books from the Salvation Army and Ebay[13] in order to construct a dress comprised entirely of the illustrations from the books sewn together with metallic gold thread, and a bodice was made from the books' foil spines.[14][15] Tommy Hilfiger called the piece “amazing”.[16] The work of contemporary art, titled The Golden Book Gown, received widespread attention for its design and innovative use of material.[1] According to Italian Glamour, the piece “lascia tutti a bocca aperta” or “left everyone in awe.”[17] Publishers Weekly said that the dress “proves that green fashion can provide as rich a fantasia as can be imagined.”[8] The gown was voted the “most creative” fashion design of 2011 by Ecouterre.[18]

2012-present[edit]

The Golden Book Gown was displayed at the National Heritage Museum in 2012.[19] In 2013 the gown was featured alongside a Robert Wilson video portrait of Brad Pitt in The Final Word show at the Drift Contemporary Art Gallery, where Novelline challenged viewers to consider whether or not "the stories of our past become part of a sustainable future.” His installment served as the centerpiece of the exhibition.[1] In 2014 he made a dress from the pages of recycled graphic novels for Maisie Williams that she wore as a guest judge for Bookbarn International's Out of Print Fashion Show.[20][21] She wore the dress a second time at the Entertainment Weekly party at San Diego Comic Con. The dress, called ZAM!, included pages from X-Men, Sandman, Sailor Moon, and Game of Thrones,[22] and was, according to The Huffington Post, "the coolest thing at Comic Con."[23]

Novelline collaborated on the children's book Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka contributing as the art director and illustrator of the book casing and dust jacket. He is also creating "a mini series of poseable fine art dolls with cubic zirconia eyes."[5] His newest gown to be made from a sustainable material and themed around classic literature is scheduled for debut in 2014.[8][16] In recognition of the Supreme Court's decision to recognize marriage equality in all 50 states, Novelline created a commemorative art doll from a recycled Barbie. Wearing a rainbow gown, it carries an American pride flag in one hand and a marriage license dated June 26, 2015 in the other.[24]

See also[edit]

  • Novelline, Lisa Anne (2014). Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka (illustrated ed.). Lexington, MA. ISBN 0983531110. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Drift Gallery has the 'Last Word' — reception Sept. 28", Sea Coast Online, September 26, 2013, archived from the original on February 3, 2014, retrieved March 20, 2014 
  2. ^ "How To Be An Ethical Shopper And Look Good Doing It", The Huffington Post, March 19, 2014, archived from the original on April 5, 2014, retrieved March 19, 2014 
  3. ^ Pham, Diane (October 1, 2012), "High Fashion as Eco-Friendly Child's Play", Chevrolet, archived from the original on October 3, 2012, retrieved January 23, 2014 
  4. ^ Shea, Beth (April 4, 2011), "Dress Made from Recycled Children’s Books is Fit for a Fairytale Princess", Ecouterre, archived from the original on October 11, 2014, retrieved March 20, 2014 
  5. ^ a b Campbell, Ami (October 2, 2014), Lexington's Novellines 'A Power House' of Creativity, 149 (50), Lexington, MA: Lexington Minuteman, p. C1, archived from the original (Print & Web) on October 16, 2014, retrieved October 7, 2014 
  6. ^ "The Scholastic Art Awards list of honorees", The Boston Globe, February 10, 2008, archived from the original on October 12, 2014, retrieved March 20, 2014 
  7. ^ "Foreign-language students earn awards", Wicked Local, June 7, 2007, archived from the original on October 12, 2014, retrieved March 20, 2014 
  8. ^ a b c Bluemle, Elizabeth (October 11, 2013), "A Talk with the Creator of the Gown Made of Golden Books", Publishers Weekly, archived from the original on October 11, 2014, retrieved January 23, 2014 
  9. ^ Baker, Whitney (October 31, 2013), "Looks Good on Paper: Guys and Dolls", The Improper Bostonian, archived from the original on October 11, 2014, retrieved January 23, 2014 
  10. ^ Gap and Rhode Island School of Design Bring the 'Art of the Cardigan' to NYC's Fifth Avenue", San Francisco, CA: Gap Inc., February 27, 2009, archived from the original on March 31, 2014, retrieved October 28, 2014 
  11. ^ Lambert, Craig (January–February 2013), Model Student, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Magazine, p. 33, archived from the original (Print & Web) on June 26, 2014, retrieved October 28, 2014 
  12. ^ Ibbotson, Sophie (April 2013), "Rubbish couture? An Eclectic Fashion Forward Trend", Asian Geographic (97): 63 
  13. ^ "Golden Book Gown, Gaun Cantik Terbuat Dari Kumpulan Buku Cerita", Vemale.com (in Indonesian), May 11, 2013, archived from the original on June 7, 2013, retrieved February 9, 2014 
  14. ^ Mok, Kimberly (April 2, 2011), "Designer Makes Fairytale Dress From Recycled Children's Books", Treehugger, archived from the original on November 7, 2011, retrieved February 9, 2014 
  15. ^ "Váy tranh", Yahoo! (in Vietnamese), April 3, 2011, archived from the original on March 7, 2014, retrieved January 23, 2014 
  16. ^ a b Hirschfield, C.J. (February 1, 2013), "Once Upon A Time: Tale of the 'Little Golden Books Gown'", Oakland Local, archived from the original on October 13, 2014, retrieved January 23, 2014 
  17. ^ Rimondi, Carolina (April 3, 2011), "Un abito fatto di libri", Glamour (in Italian), archived from the original on February 2, 2014, retrieved October 28, 2014 
  18. ^ Malik Chua, Jasmin (April 4, 2011), "Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards!", Ecouterre, archived from the original on October 12, 2014, retrieved June 7, 2014 
  19. ^ "Golden Book Gown", Ryan Jude Novelline, 2014
  20. ^ Mat, Ian (June 3, 2014), "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams judges fashion show made of books", Wells Journal, archived from the original on October 11, 2014, retrieved July 29, 2014 
  21. ^ "Maisie Williams: The Game of Thrones giggle heard around the world and returning to Somerset to wear a dress made of books", Western Gazette, June 4, 2014, archived from the original on October 12, 2014, retrieved June 7, 2014 
  22. ^ Peterson, Jesse (July 28, 2014), "Maisie Williams Wears A Dress Made Out Of Comics To Comic-Con", MTV, archived from the original on August 8, 2014, retrieved July 28, 2014 
  23. ^ Feldman, Jaime (July 28, 2014), "Maisie Williams' Book Dress Is The Coolest Thing At Comic-Con", HuffPost Style, archived from the original on October 14, 2014, retrieved July 28, 2014 
  24. ^ Η Barbie γιορτάζει τον γάμο των ομοφυλόφιλων [Barbie Celebrates Gay Marriage], pathfinder.gr (in Greek), June 29, 2015, archived from the original on June 29, 2015, retrieved June 29, 2015 

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