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Poster Dress

  • Object:

    Poster dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gordon, Harry (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen printed tissue, wood pulp and rayon mesh, with polythene and card packaging

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 151, box B []

'Poster dresses' were part of new enthusiasm for posters in the late 1960s. Posters were popular as a quick, cheap and temporary way to decorate a domestic interior. The poster dress reflected a similar taste for fast-changing fashions and disposable clothing. The packaging of this dress suggests that when you are bored with it "why not...cut open all the seams and hang it on your wall as a poster...or cover pillows...or as your collection grows, sew them together to make a bedspread or curtains or a table-cloth."

Physical description

Poster dress, of screen printed tissue, wood pulp and rayon mesh in polythene and card packaging. The 'paper' dress is printed with a black and white with image of cat. Text in black on red.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1968 (made)


Gordon, Harry (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen printed tissue, wood pulp and rayon mesh, with polythene and card packaging


Height: 900 mm Dress height when unfolded, Width: 290 - 600 mm Dress width when unfolded, Height: 300 mm Folded dress, plastic packaging and card insert, Width: 300 mm Folded dress, palstic packaging, paper insert, Height: 90 mm Card packaging height, Width: 306 mm Card packaging width

Descriptive line

Poster dress 'Cat', disposable, screen printed on rayon and nylon mix, designed by Harry Gordon, London, 1968


Tissue paper; Wood pulp; Rayon; Polythene; Card


Screen printing


Fashion; Women's clothes; Interiors


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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