Think paper; think books, writing, and possibly former trees. Think again. The Mode Museum, Antwerp will be the host of an exhibition from March 6th to August 16th celebrating this “exceptional niche in the history of fashion”, focusing on the use of paper in clothes throughout the 20th century. On display will be almost 400 items from throughout the 20th century, and explored within the exhibition will be the rise and fall of paper in fashion the 1960s.
Paper has long since been used in designs in Ancient China and Japan, and, despite its understatement in the clothes we buy today; subtle papery references are made frequently by the most famous fashion houses, including Galliano, Issey Miyake and Hussein Chalayan, who often choose to include paper like materials in their designs. Paper became a fashionable substitute in the 1960s, and in times of war and economic crisis, the idea of textiles for clothes have been cast away and replaced by more accessible alternatives. So, who knows, if VAT goes any lower than 12%, this time next year we could all be wearing garms made from oak trees. The exhibition looks to be set on European domination, and has been featured in Athens, Luxembourg, and from winter 2009, will appear in the Design Museum, London.