May 14 2006

A distinctive paper dress produced by Mars Manufacturing Company with a flower print was given to the Dutch fashion designer Bas Kosters (b. 1977). Kosters believes that the paper dress phenomenon is ‘an excellent example of how valuable and non valuable fashion can be’.

“My dress was a classic vintage funky flower print, with a strong appearance, which I needed to approach strongly to create my own vision. I used a punk aesthetic with protest print, and also added extra flowers, to make it more layered and a bit confusing. I tried to add value and personality to the paper mass-produced dress, by adding hand-stitching with lace flower and silkscreen print cotton. It became one of a kind edited mass production.”

Excerpts  from a written interview to M. Pichou on the occasion of the article “The ATOPOS RIPPING Project: a “new” life for dress objects ?” (COSTUME, volume 54, issue 2, 2020)

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