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Paper Dress

1967 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.
read An introduction to 1960s fashion Marked by sweeping social change, the 1960s is a decade that still holds a special significance, seeing traditional hierarchies begin to dissolve and make way for the birth of the modern age.
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed paper
Brief Description
Printed paper dress, made by Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd), London, 1967.
Physical Description
Printed paper dress, maxi length, and made from bonded cellulose fibre with a bold design in orange, pink and purple.
Credit line
Given by Diane Meyersohn
Object history
Registered File number 1986/2141.
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.181-1986

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record createdMay 15, 2007
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