While at home in Luxembourg over Christmas, we went to MUDAM (that’s Musee D’Art Moderne – Luxembourg’s very own I.M. Pei-designed temple of contemporary art). One of the exhibitions on was particularly good and I thought I’d share.
As the title suggests, the exhibition is about paper fashion. During the 1960s companies started producing disposable dresses made from ‘paper’ (actually a synthetic fabric with paper-like qualities) as an advertising article. The items were hugely successful, and between 1966 and 1968 a mass market for one-off dresses in different designs emerged, until rising ecological awareness dampened their popularity.
The dresses were a half-way thing between advertising and fashion, combining images from Pop and Op Art, popular culture and more straightforward advertising. Andy Warhol, unsurprisingly, designed a few.
As well as the 1960s fashions, the exhibition also covered the use of paper and paper-like materials in contemporary fashion design.
These garnments made out of thin card were probably my favourites:
This scarf is actually completely wearable (well, to me, anyway!):
This dress and skirt fold up and can be attached to denim ‘books’ with strategically placed poppers:
and finally, this ballgown made out of newspaper: