Paper may not be the first thing you picture when thinking of fine fashion fabrics, but the textile has a rich past—and present—within the industry. Athens-based Atopos Cultural Organization has set out to examine this legacy through its traveling exhibit, Pap(i)er Fashion, bringing attention and aesthetic appreciation to the oft-overlooked material.
Curated by Eva Afuhs and Vassilis Zidianakis, and designed by Alain Rappaport, the exhibit begins with a look at the disposable paper dresses of the American 1960s. These delicate, fragile frocks were decorated with bold and punchy graphics—think newsprint or a rendition of Robert F. Kennedy’s face surrounded by red-and-blue stars—to spread news or promote politicians, and to attest to the versatility of the construction. Pap(i)er Fashion also explores more recent paper usage, examining its relevance within the realms of design, advertising, sound and catwalk shows. Works by artists and designers like Howard Hodgkin, Chanel Haute Couture, Maison Martin Margiela, and Hussein Chalayan also pepper the show, creating a varied range of pieces for display.
Having already toured museums in Luxemborg, Athens and Antwerp, Pap(i)er Fashion is now stopping in Zurich’s Museum Bellerive, where it will be on display until August 30th.