HARRY GORDON | 'POSTER DRESS' (BOB DYLAN)
'POSTER DRESS' (BOB DYLAN)
screenprinted tissue, wood pulp, and rayon mesh dress with a velcro fastener at the upper right strap, with printed 'POSTER ® DRESS' label inside center back neckline, 1967
Approximately 33 by 24 in. (83.8 by 61 cm.)
This screenprinted dress is in generally very good to excellent condition. It may be faintly yellowed overall. As issued due to the original folded packaging, there is a crease down the front of the dress.
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Issued at the height of the paper-clothing craze of the late 1960s, this wearable, disposable paper dress, designed in London by Harry Gordon, was originally marketed at just $2.98. These fashion-forward dresses were packaged in sleeves with the following printed instructions: ‘Wear’em, wash’em […] Toughness is woven into the non-woven fabric for long, l-o-n-g wear, and should you tire (which is doubtful), just cut open all the seams and hang it on your wall as a poster—or cover pillows, use as curtains, tablecloth etc.’ The paper dress fad was short-lived. Ill-fitting, easily-stained, and flammable, these garments were not as practical as they were fashionable.