Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mod Mini Skirt Project: Personal Ads Fabric
Okay, so my last post was a pop art inspired project. This next skirt project was also inspired by pop art. In fact, I took my inspiration from an actual paper dress that was produced in the 60's. And what's more pop art than the whole paper dress phenomenon? While I doubt most producers of paper dresses were trying to make a statement, they did. And that statement was about the throwaway nature of our disposable consumer culture.
One of the most collectible paper dresses from the era is the yellow pages paper dress. Manufactured in 1966 by "Waste Basket Boutique" (Mars of Asheville, NC), the yellow pages paper dress was valued by Antiques Roadshow at a whopping $1800. Since my husband and I are passionate antique collectors, we actually purchased the yellow pages paper dress for our collection. We bought it on eBay so we didn't pay anywhere near the $1800 roadshow price (whew!). I'll actually post a picture soon of myself wearing the paper dress (carefully of course).
So, back to the skirt project. This skirt was made with 100% cotton quilter's fabric just like the last one. Again, I couldn't resist, because the fabric has personal ads printed upon it. When I saw the fabric, I was immediately reminded of the yellow pages paper dress. Personal ads on a skirt seemed like a proper homage to the yellow pages themed dress. Pop art often incorporated everyday things and objects, so I thought it was appropriate.
Enough with the rambling. I hope you all enjoy the project!