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Paper dress

Paper dress

  • Place of origin:

    North Carolina (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed and bonded cellulose fibre

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Audie Bancroft

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paper dresses were a brief but spectacular 1960s sensation. They were cheap, and the simple 2-D shape was ideal for the bold graphic prints that were so fashionable. Paper manufacturers in the USA predicted that disposable clothing would transform the clothing industry, but in practice, most paper garments creased and tore too easily. High street fashions in conventional fabrics were changing every week, and were at affordable prices too, and the novelty of paper dresses soon wore off.

Physical description

Short sleeveless paper dress of bonded cellulose fibre with a printed design of stylised flowers on green.

Place of Origin

North Carolina (made)


1967 (made)


Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed and bonded cellulose fibre

Marks and inscriptions

'Waste Basket Boutique (T.M.) by Mars of Asheville N.C.'
Printed label stitched inside neck of dress

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/122.

Descriptive line

Short sleeveless paper dress of bonded cellulose fibre, made by Wastebasket Boutique by Mars, North Carolina, 1967




Sewing; Printed

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers


Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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