Mayhem’s Red Carpet Dresses

When thinking about what youngsters get up to in their spare time things like playing in the park, building forts and playing tag spring to mind. What I never thought was that a 4-year-old girl could have such an interest in fashion let alone be practically a fashion design prodigy. Last week, the blog Mommy Shorts profiled Angie Keiser, a photographer from Cincinnati, and her 4-year-old daughter, nicknamed Mayhem, who skillfully make extravagant dresses out of whatever they can find from the craft shop including tissue paper, gift bags, wrapping paper and construction paper and post photographs of Mayhem modelling these fabulous dresses on the instagram feed @2sisters_angie.

So how did this paper-dress craze start? Well, according to Angie, after previously bought store dresses for her daughter and getting tired of Mayhem attempting to create her own outfits from her mother’s scarfs and sheets, Angie presented her daughter with the idea of creating her own dresses out of paper. Surprisingly, Mayhem was instantly hooked and began demanding to create new dresses every day. Little under a year later, the pair have managed to produce a jaw-dropping collection, worthy of a junior red carpet event.

The dresses started like this:

And after only a few months, evolved into this:

 As I browsed through the photographs of these fabulous creations, one question came to mind, does the 4-year-old actually construct the outfits herself? Or are they all solely her mother’s creative ideas. Thankfully it seems a lot of others have had this thought too, Angie answers our question below:

The ideas are pretty much a 50/50 split, but Mayhem constructs a lot more than most people would probably believe. That’s one of the best things about this project, I see her learning new skills every single day. At this point, she knows exactly how many sheets of construction paper she needs to make herself a top and a bottom. She can lay the entire thing out and tape it together all by herself. Definitely, the more complex designs have more of my time invested, but she’s literally always beside me learning something new if she’s not tearing or taping or gluing while I am.

She made the dress below entirely by herself. I wasn’t even home and she couldn’t wait to show it to me and have me photograph it.

 It seems rather a large amount of inspiration has been from runway shows and award shows such as the EMA’s, Golden Globe and the Oscars.

Follow @2sisters_angie and #fashionbymayhem on instagram or go to to see a glimpse of when #fashionbymayhem began and how it’s evolved so far.