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Paper dress

  • Place of origin:

    North Carolina (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed and bonded cellulose fibre

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Audie Bancroft

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in Values of Design, Design Society, Shekou, China

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 paper dress with ribbon ties at the shoulders. In bonded cellulose fibre printed with black spots on a white ground.

Place of Origin

North Carolina (made)


1967 (made)


Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (manufacturer)

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.


Length: 85 cm maximum, not including ribbons, Width: 65 cm maximum, not including ribbons

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/122.

Descriptive line

Short paper dress, made by Wastebasket Boutique by Mars, North Carolina, 1967





Subjects depicted



Fashion; Women's clothes; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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