History of the Paper Dress

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Sophisticated Vintage Paper Dresses

Making paper dresses has been around for centuries and I have scoured around for some examples to get your creative juices going.   Also note that the materials used and their treatment varied over time.

In the ‘20s they used plain crepe paper for the vintage theater costume dress (picture on the left below).  However, in the ‘60s paper dresses (see sample dress on the right below) were made with fortified paper which received a coating. This treatment made the paper washable and (almost) waterproof.


Gorgeous paper dress in pastel green with pink roses was made in the US in 1910s Fashionable brown paper dress from the 1960s made with treated paper  
crepe paper dress 1910 brown-paper-dress  


Today’s Window News Paper Dresses

Here are two contemporary news print dresses that I simply adore.

Contemporary newspaper dress recently featured the show windows of Steffl in Vienna. News Paper Houte / Haute Couture

Original Photos by Charlotte van der Bla; Photo Editing by Rose, FineCraftGuild.com
paper dress Window Steffl Vienna paper dress,  photo Charlotte Van


All Articles in this Series on Paper Dress Making

How to Make a Simple Paper Dress

Fancy Paper Dresses
History of the Paper Dress
Today’s Trends in Toilet Paper Wedding Dress & Coffee Filter Paper Prom Dress Making


More Paper Dress Making Resources

Coffee filters
Templates, Patterns,
& Paper Dress Making Tutorials
Pattern Books
coffee filter rose

Stacks of hand-dyed (painted) and baked powder pink coffee filters for your craft projects: etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=26071562″

powder pink coffee filters  

Download free online paper dress making tutorial : geuzen.org/current/DIY/paperdress.html (incl. templates
for 3 different
paper dresses

paper dress patterns


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