Jul 03 2021

The Costume Society Conference 2021 'Clothing on Paper'

Online via ZOOM

photo credits: Paper Kimono © ATOPOS cvc Paper Dress Collection Athens & Hussein Chalayan ‘Airmail Dress’. Tyvek dress, UK, 1999.© ATOPOS cvc Paper Dress Collection, Athens 

ATOPOS cvc participates in The Costume Society’s conference for 2021, ‘Clothing on Paper’. The conference will be exclusively online and running across 5 sessions in June and July.
It explores the relationship between clothing and paper whether it be in the context of designing and making, communicating ideas or as sources for developing a further understanding of the history of clothes.

Stamos Fafalios, ATOPOS cvc Director & Myrsini Pichou, RRRIPP!! Collection Research Advisor will present a paper on the RRRIPP!! Collection entitled ‘The ATOPOS cvc Paper Garment Collection: Where East meets West’.

From the ‘tapa’ bark cloth of Equatorial countries or Chinese paper clothes, to old and rare Japanese Kamiko and Shifu processes to 19th century Western disposable paper collars and cuffs, World War I and present day clothes for the dead or American throw away paper dresses of the 1960s; it is this last group that makes up most of the ATOPS cvc collection of about 500 items. This rich history of paper clothing has inspired contemporary designers such as Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Walter Van Bereindonck and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others, and their creations are represented in the ATOPOS cvc collection. Either made of paper or paper-like materials, the garments in this collection are evidence of human craftsmanship, creativity and socio-economic change in the history of both Western and Eastern cultures. At this point, where these two cultures meet, and with specific examples from the collection, Stamos Fafalios and Myrsini Pichou will discuss issues of creativity, sustainability, identity and re-use.

Session 3 / Paper 6 will be presented on Saturday 3rd of July 14:00-17:00 (BST/GMT+2) / via ZOOM platform. 

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