Costume and Textiles
Man's "Paper" ShirtMade in Germany, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, German. Made by Papierkleid, German.
Multicolored printed spun-bonded polyester ("paper")
Currently not on view
2009-126-1Purchased with funds from the gift of Mrs. Victor M. Friar, 2009
LabelPaper clothes—in reality, some form of non-woven cellulose, polyester, or rayon—were a fashion phenomenon for a few years after 1966. Seen as modern and practical, they offered freedom from the drudgery of laundry and novelty without long-term commitment. As this shirt made in West Germany shows, the phenomenon occasionally extended to men's clothes. The groovy design and enumeration of current sex symbols is interspersed with flowers and buttonlike circles with provocative English and German messages.