Paper mini-dress, Dispo

Paper mini-dress, Dispo

Paper mini-dress
Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd) (manufacturer)
1967
London
Bonded cellulose fibre ('Bondina') with printed design
Museum no. T.176-1986
Given by Diane Meyersohn

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.

Dispo's paper dresses were actually made out of a bonded cellulose fibre and could be washed. A Which magazine consumer trial found that they could be worn at least six times, while other brands would not survive beyond two or three. This printed design was based on an Art Nouveau textile in the V&A collections.