Offering a vintage 1960's paper dress from Waste basket Boutique. This dress was never worn and has no tears, stains or damage.
The dress is vaguely Hawaiian in style and color. Green and blue tropical flowers on a simple A-Line cut. The size is stated as 16-18 and is the largest size Waste Basket boutique made.
The dress measures 39" in length and 20" across the front from arm hole to arm hole. The dress gradually widens to 29" across at the bottom.
The label says this material is flame retardant unless washed or dry cleaned.
Paper clothing, in the form of women's dresses and other clothes made from disposable cellulose fabric, was a short-lived fashion novelty item in the 1960s United States.
By 1967, paper dresses were sold in major department stores for about $8 apiece, and entire paper clothing boutiques were set up by companies such as Abraham & Straus and I. Magnin. At the height of demand, Mars Hosiery made 100,000 dresses a week.
The paper dress captured the vibrant, youthful, optimistic and consumerist zeitgeist of 1960s America. The dresses were whimsical, often featuring eye-catching pop art-like patterns, shapes for the customer to crayon in or advertisements. And they were just one of many newly disposable items – like cutlery, plates, pens, lighters and razors – embraced by consumers; the "Paper Caper" sales pitch ran: "Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—-then give it the air." It was a short lived craze and by 1968, paper clothing had disappeared from the market.
Item ID: RL 01360