The use of paper as a material to make clothes from is not a new concept. Originally conceived in 1966, Scott Paper Company of the United States introduced the first throwaway paper dress as a propaganda stunt.
The ModeMuseum (MoMU) is currently exhibiting PAPER FASHION, a collaboration with Atopos Cultural Organization that showcases a collection of paper fashions from various designers such as Hussein Chalayan, A.F. Vandevorst, John Galliano, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Issey Miyake, and many more.
At MoMU’s request, MoWalter Van Beirendonck (first dress in gallery) and Dirk Van Saene (second dress in gallery) have created paper garments available for retail, costing 60 Euros each. Yes, they are washable--just don’t tumble dry!
Take a close look at the print of Walter Van Beirendonck’s paper dress--it’s not what it seems. Quite naughty and controversial, which is typical of Beirendonck.
RRRIPP!! PAPER FASHION (original title) is currently presented at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam) in Luxembourg. Afterward, MoMu will travel to London for a winter 2009 exhibition in the Design Museum. Definitely worth checking out!