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Paper dress

Paper dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meyersohn, Diane (designer)
    Silverstein, Joanne
    Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bonded cellulose fibre ('Bondina') with printed design

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Diane Meyersohn

  • Museum number:

    T.176-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA14

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.

Dispo's paper dresses were actually made out of a bonded cellulose fibre and could be washed. A Which magazine consumer trial found that they could be worn at least six times, while other brands would not survive beyond two or three. This printed design was based on an Art Nouveau textile in the V&A collections.

Physical description

Short sleeveless dress of bonded cellulose printed with an Art Nouveau style pattern in green and blue.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Meyersohn, Diane (designer)
Silverstein, Joanne
Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Bonded cellulose fibre ('Bondina') with printed design

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/2141.

Descriptive line

Short sleeveless dress of bonded cellulose, made by Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd), London, 1967.

Materials

Paper; Cellulose

Techniques

Printing; Sewing; Bonded

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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