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RRRIPP!! Paper fashion

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.

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

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.

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

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:

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

This scarf is actually completely wearable (well, to me, anyway!):

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

This dress and skirt fold up and can be attached to denim ‘books’ with strategically placed poppers:

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

and finally, this ballgown made out of newspaper:

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

RRRIPP!! paper fashion

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  • madam0wl, a.k.a Sandra 10 January 2009, 10:13 pm

    Wow, cool! And Hi!

  • Missa 13 January 2009, 8:38 pm

    How COOL, what an amazing exhibition!

  • Maria 13 April 2009, 9:31 pm

    Hello, just to say thank you for uploading these-very interesting! I am doing an art project on this subject but incorporating the second wave of feminism in the 1960’s. Just wondering if you had any more info on this exhibition?because this is the first exhibition I have found that is ideally matched to my ideas! thank you

  • Oranges And Apples 14 April 2009, 7:20 am

    Maria, I’m pretty sure I threw away the exhibition leaflet, otherwise I could have sent you it. The exhibition is now in Athens: http://www.atopos.gr/rest/english/index.html You might be able to find out more from there.