UA UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITY CONFERENCE 2019
* First Place / Fine Arts
The Rise & Fall of the Paper Caper (poster presentation)
Fashion Retailing & Honors College (Class of 2022)
Dr. Marcy L. Koontz, Co-Faculty Advisor
In1966 Scott Paper Company began producing and selling paper dresses, marketed as “ThePaperCaper”(ScottPaper). This research aims to understand where the trend of paper dresses came from, why we no longer have them currently, and how they could be reinterpreted with nonwoven materials today.
Three paper dress prototypes were created in half-scale and one put into production to see how nonwoven materials (such as Tyvek) could work as a fashion garment. Tyvek proved to be a recyclable material that has potential to be carried forward in fashion innovative design.