Political Poster Dress

Look magazine for August 20, 1968, contained this image, with a small bit of text detailing how famed illustrator Norman Rockwell licensed his images to a firm called Sterling Paper Fashions to produce these election-year paper dresses. How much do you imagine they'd be worth today on the vintage fashion market or elections collectible market?
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 28, 2009
     Category: Fashion | Politics | 1960s | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Oh c'mon Expat, wouldn't you like a pair of Nixon Pants? How about a vest with Mondale on it?
Posted by Matt in Florida on 04/28/09 at 11:37 AM
I can't think of any situation where I would want to have the image of some guy's face on my chest. But that's just me.

I think as a collectible, they'd be quite valuable. As was stated in the chair thread from yesterday, people will pay any amount to have something unique.
Posted by Nethie on 04/28/09 at 11:56 AM
Hmmm. . .

Below is a reuters video on a exhibit from 2007 titled RRRIPP!! in Athens, Greece, strangely where Expat says he is from. The video shows campaign paper dresses for Nixon and Kennedy although I could find no information on the artist. I was able to find quite a few of the same dresses with that Nixon print for sale but none of the above pictured dresses.

Video of RRRIPP!! Exhibit:


(ok just a side note but how is it that a "fashion scholar" sports a unibrow like that?)

And an auction from Sotheby's in 1999 where paper dresses went for over 1k although I did not see any campaign dresses. I could only find the final bids for Harry Gordon's "poster dresses". Doubtful Rockwell's dresses may have slipped in the auction undetected. But for pricing comparison Sotheby's is probably decent.


List of auctioned items (Harry Gordon listings are dresses)


I can't find any of the dresses from the Look magazine for sale. I'm also guessing that the disposable nature of the material and the fact that the design is pretty obnoxious led to many of them being trashed. Now these items are being displayed in museums and fine art auctions sooooo my guess is that the Rockwell dresses as pictured above would go for a good deal especially since they are documented in a magazine shoot. I would say 800-1K. Personally I would make my own damn paper dress before I bought one. Probably make one to match my tinfoil hat.
Posted by Pablo on 04/28/09 at 12:49 PM
Oh, correction to above post. Sotheby's opened bid on an "A-Line Nixon Campaign Dress" @ $300-400.
Posted by Pablo on 04/28/09 at 12:53 PM
I'd like to buy a pair of Dukhakis.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/28/09 at 01:09 PM
Great sleuthing, Pablo! Thanks!
Posted by Paul on 04/28/09 at 01:23 PM
Expat: You don't by chance have a unibrow and look like your choice of weapon is a crowbar? JK.
I lived in an "Athens" as well. I think I might know one particular Athenian that posts here by the name of Paul Thomas. But, could be a different Paul Thomas I dunno. Someone find out for me and I'll give you a tin foil hat from my personal collection.

Anyhoo more humdickery about them paper dresses that beg for flames and first date nightmares.

More proof that Greeks are geeks for paper dresses:


And the JFK paper dress design from the RRRIPP!! exhibit.

Posted by Pablo on 04/28/09 at 01:40 PM
Holy damn that picture is huge.
Posted by Pablo on 04/28/09 at 01:40 PM
That looks more like someone closely related to JFK. I think it's actually a Ted Kennedy dress.
Posted by Pablo on 04/28/09 at 05:28 PM
that actually looks like bobby kennedy to me pablo. i think a picture of nixon on my chest would be creepy.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/28/09 at 05:44 PM
it's worth something right now if you like to play darts. :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/28/09 at 07:45 PM
Give me a little credit. I'm not that old but I know that isn't Ted. Ted's face belongs on a bottle of Chivas Regal.
Posted by Pablo on 04/29/09 at 03:00 AM
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