Paper dress, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Paper dress, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Paper dress
Ossie Clark (designer, 1942-96), and Celia Birtwell (textile designer, born 1941), for Ascher Ltd
1966
London
Printed paper
Museum no. T.261-1988
Given by Zika Ascher

Paper dresses were a brief but spectacular 1960s sensation. They were cheap and disposable, and the simple 2-D shape was ideal for the bold graphic prints that were so fashionable.

In 1966 the Draper's Record announced that Ossie Clark had launched Britain's first range of throwaway dresses. The floral design, by Celia Birtwell, was printed onto imitation paper made by Johnson and Johnson, formed from bonded textile fibres. The wholesale price was 15 shillings.