- About the Author
Here's an interesting book about stunning handmade dresses that were inspired by travel and made from tissue paper. The idea was conceived when, on one of his hectic travel schedule, ad man Jian Yang found a way to make clever use of the time.
When his business trip to Sri Lanka in 2017 was extended, he posted on Instagram: “I’ve brought a #barbie fashionista with me to #srilanka. And since my resources are limited, I will spend the rest of this business trip making tissue paper dresses.”
Already one of the world’s largest Barbie collectors, it was no surprise that he had a doll with him. From then on, at every hotel he stayed in, a toilet paper fashion creation would be made. They ranged from kitsch to couture, from tasteful to terrible.
Each dress was carefully photographed, and immortalised on Instagram via the hashtag #havetissuewilltravel. "And because there was usually only one doll with me on an average four-day trip, the couture confection would literally get flushed down the toilet to make way for the next,” he said.
In two short years, the dresses were extensively featured in publications, from Vogue to Nylon, from blogs to broadsheets and tabloids. They’ve been discussed in countries around the world and images of them continue to circulate the Internet.
This book is a visual celebration of this new sustainable fashion – biodegradable, intricate and fabulous tissue paper dresses created by Jian on his travels. Just like how they are unique, one-of-a-kind couture creations, this book is a special limited quantity collector’s edition.
Jian Yang is a multi-award-winning business lead in an international advertising agency, and is also a keen Instagrammer. Since being named in 2013 as the “largest male collector of Barbie dolls in the world”, his face and collection have flooded the internet, as well as international magazines, newspapers, blogs and television in a variety of languages that range from Italian to Russian to Vietnamese and Chinese.
He was named one of Singapore’s Most Eligible Bachelors by CLEO, and has become an internet sensation with a substantial social media following and fans from across the globe.
Cover Type: Hardcover
Page Count: 144
Year Published: 2019