Put Your Best Face Forward
The disposable paper dress was first introduced in 1966 by the Scott Paper Company. Soon after, pop and graphic artists such as Harry Gordon, began producing garments constructed of the material, including Gordon’s “Mystic Eye” shift dress in 1968. In Lanvin’s SS 2007 show, designer Alber Elbaz sent a 60s shift dress down the runway with a similar graphic print. Although the Lanvin shift was not composed of paper, Elbaz also looked to textile technology, describing his desire “to touch technology, engineering, silicone, nylon, metal, and plastic” in designing the collection.