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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Audie Bancroft

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the early 1960s, old notions of proper dress were breaking down as youth fashion began to take hold. At risk of losing their entire business, handbag manufacturers were forced to respond to ever changing vogues, and the quantity of mass-produced, ready-to-wear and disposable fashion set a new tone.

Mary Quant, who opened her first boutique in 1955, said 'I want to invent...new fashion accessories that are up to date with the changing ways of life.' Modernity was celebrated, influenced by fine-art movements such as Op Art and Pop Art. Plastic dresses, chain-mail minis and disposable printed paper dresses and matching bags, like this floral-patterned example, were all the rage.

Physical description

Tote bag made of paper and printed with a floral pattern.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1967 (made)


Wastebasket Boutique by Mars (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper


Height: 36.5 cm, Width: 32.5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/122.

Descriptive line

Tote bag made of printed paper, USA, ca. 1967





Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Accessories; Women's clothes; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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