Paper Dresses History

Paper Crafts, Sewing Patterns

:: Sophisticated Vintage Paper Dresses :: The paper dress history spans centuries. Making paper dresses has been around for long time. Because of this, it’s kind of fun to have a look at some vintage paper dresses, to get your creative juices going, to create our own paper dress. I have scoured around for some examples, which I am featuring here today.

The materials used for paper dresses as well as their treatment transformed 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 1910sFashionable brown paper dress from the 1960s made with treated paper 
crepe paper dress 1910brown-paper-dress 


Another Moment in Time in the History Paper Dress History

Today’s Window Newspaper 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,
paper dress Window Steffl Viennapaper 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:″

powder pink coffee filters  

Download free online paper dress making tutorial : (incl. templates
for 3 different
paper dresses

paper dress patterns


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