Party Invitations on Blank Paper ; Head for Your Local Stationer's and You'll Have Your Evening Wear All W Rapped Up, Suggests Marion Hume

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The white gowns featured here are British designers' solution to that conundrum peculiar to the festive season: what to wear when you want to look fabulous in something sparkling new for New Year's Eve, but find the idea of joining the hordes of s hoppers terrifying.

The solution is this. You stay close to home, venturing no farther than your nearest stationer's or haberdasher's. You buy paper.

Pattern paper, tracing paper, brown paper - all will do. The best, if you can get it, is filamented white paper (the sheeny, glossy kind). You buy in bulk, you staple, you Sellotape, you swag. You get a friend to help you, Blue Peter-style. The result isa fabulous, cheap, dramatic gown. The disadvantages are obvious (if it gets wet, it disintegrates). But it shouldn't fall apart until after you've made quite an entrance.

The disadvantages for the models here are more severe. There they are, on a December night, balancing on the rubble of a spooky folly in the Vale of Aylesbury, wearing little more than you would send your Christmas cards in. Perhaps the team on the Lapland fashion shoot in that instant fashion classic programme Absolutely Marie Claire didn't have it so bad ... Some of the dresses here only just lasted the shoot's strong night winds. …