Phoenix art museum exhibition features ’60s paper fashion

The 1960s paper fashion movement only lasted two years, but it was two years of paper, paper, and more paper.

Paper saris, knitted paper clothes, paper bags and paper jewelry.

You can now see more than 80 pieces preserved at the Phoenix Art Museum.

“Generation Paper: Fast Fashion in the 1960s” opens December 18 and runs until July 17, 2022. The exhibit was largely donated by museum supporter Kelley Ellman, whose love of paper dolls influenced a life in the collect 1960s paper fashion, she said.

Paper fashion was “all the rage,” said Helen Jean, the Museum’s Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design.

“Because it was a weird, new and fun thing, it took off like crazy,” said Jean.

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