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Man's "Paper" Shirt

Made by Papierkleid, German

Made in Germany, Europe

Late 1960s

Multicolored printed spun-bonded polyester ("paper")

31 1/2 x 64 inches (80 x 162.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds from the gift of Mrs. Victor M. Friar, 2009

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Paper 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.