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Paper dress

Paper dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (designer)
    Birtwell, Celia (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zika Ascher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paper dresses were a brief but spectacular 1960s sensation. They were cheap and disposable, and the simple 2-D shape was ideal for the bold graphic prints that were so fashionable.

In 1966 the Draper's Record announced that Ossie Clark had launched Britain's first range of throwaway dresses. The floral design, by Celia Birtwell, was printed onto imitation paper made by Johnson and Johnson, formed from bonded textile fibres. The wholesale price was 15 shillings.

Physical description

Mini-dress of printed paper.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1966 (made)


Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (designer)
Birtwell, Celia (designer)
Ascher Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper


Circumference: 840 mm, Circumference: 850 mm, Length: 925 mm, Width: 345 mm

Descriptive line

Mini-dress of printed paper, designed by Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell for Ascher Ltd., made by Ascher Ltd, Great Britain, 1966

Production Note

Designed for Ascher


Paper (fiber product)




Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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