16 Jan 2019 - 24 Feb 2019

The ATOPOS cvc Paper Dress Collection

ATOPOS cvc in London

Upcoming Exhibition!!!

 #TextMe_PaperFashion is a pop-up exhibition of the ATOPOS cvc Paper Dress Collection.
The exhibition celebrates the written word in an innovative and ‘atopic’ way. It has been especially created by ATOPOS cvc to mark UNESCO’s Athens 2018, World Book Capital, and the Hellenic Centre’s 25th Anniversary.

Is there such a thing as wearable paper clothing adorned with the written word?
However strange this may sound there are garments from different cultures and historical
periods that are made of paper covered with texts. When these ‘written’ garments are worn they can send out messages and much more. The exhibition investigates the relationship between paper and text in fashion. It narrates the little-known story of paper garments and attempts to highlight the many ways in which typographic elements, such as words, logos, poems, slogans and even headlines have been integrated into paper fashion. It begins with an introduction of the different methods wearable paper is made and ends with a riotous celebration of the disposable Paper Dress fad that took the United States by storm at the end of the 60s.

Disposable Paper dresses printed with words and texts, are displayed alongside garments made of recycled pages from account books such as the rare Japanese shifu underclothes from the Edo period. Exhibits include the 1968 Poster Dress of Allen Ginsberg’s poem ‘Uptown NY’, Richard Nixon’s 1968 electoral campaign dress, the after Andy Warhol ‘Souper Dress’, as well as paper dresses printed with press cuttings from American and English newspapers. The exhibition also includes a number of paper garments created by distinguished designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Demna Gvasalia, Issey Miyake, John Galliano, Kosuke Tsumura, etc.

The ATOPOS cvc Paper Dress collection has been internationally acclaimed through the exhibition ‘RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion’, which was first presented at the Benaki Museum, Athens in 2007 and has since been shown at, amongst others, MUDAM, Luxembourg, the MoMu, Antwerp, the Bellerive Design Museum, Zurich and the Gallerie Stihl, Waiblingen. This is the first time the Collection will be exhibited in London.

- 29/01, 7:00 pm – José Teunissen, Professor, Dean, School of Design & Technology, London College of Fashion, ‘’Paper Dress: Future of History?’’
- 19/02, 7:00 pm – Myrsini Pichou, Researcher, “Walking Billboards or Wearable History? Paper Dresses from the ATOPOS cvc Collection”

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The Hellenic Centre