Make it a statement, make it a derision, paper dresses have been around for some time now. I came across a beige paper dress and, curious to see if this ever had a certain outfit value, I found an entire paper dress history. So here it goes, shortly:
Ever since the 60s, the paper dresses are making their way into a smart wardrobe. First made by the Scott Paper Company in 1966 and costing just one dollar, the very first marketed paper dress was an advertising tool. The surprise was that the company received 500,000 orders for that shapeless dress in less than a year. (more after the jump)
The 60s disposable mania was responsible for this paper wardrobe boom. Outrageous as it may sound, paper bell-bottom suits, paper bikinis, paper slippers, paper wedding gowns were made. Against all odds, the paper dresses were highly acclaimed and advertised.
A chemical treatment made them almost fireproof, washable but didn’t add any strength to the paper material. Warhol’s Campbells Soup dress was one artsy paper dress but didn’t do more than confirm the oddness and symbolic worth of the trend.