Thinking about mass production and the volume of textile waste that is disposed of annually (approx 2million tones!). I began reading about nontraditional production methods that use alternative materials and are designed for disposing.
If we cant satisfy our fashion consumption – should we manufacture a process designed for throwaway culture?
In the 1960’s the Paper Dress was introduced by the Scott Paper company as a marketing tool. The $1.25 paper dress was purchased accompanied by coupons for Scott’s toilet paper, paper towels and napkins. When orders reach 500,000 the company pulled the campaign as it was becoming more notorious for the dresses rather than the product.
Currently exhibiting in Athens, a Paper Fashion exhibit – RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion explores the paper fashion phenomenon of the 60’s. The curator Vassillis Zidanakis, asked fashion designers to design something of their own inspired by the collection. The exhibition presents creations by John Galliano, Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalyan, Walter Van Beirendonck and lots more…
Showing in Athens until April, 2009 and moving onto the Design Museum, London in October 2009.
I think this is a fun way to proto-type fashion creations without fear of error. Some of my earliest fashion design memories are of creating garments using paper and tissue for my barbie doll as a child – no sewing required! As technology evolves could this lead us into a period where we download garments to our computer and we only have to push the print button to create?
There is lots of scope to explore these ideas further and by visiting this exhibition we can take note and draw inspiration from examples by some of the greatest designers of our generation.
To try out creating your own DIY paper dress follow the link.