Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s

Learn all about the paper dresses through an amazing exhibition Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s!

During the 1960s, paper dresses took the world by storm, when Scott Paper Company launched an ingenious marketing campaign—an early forerunner of viral marketing strategies—to promote “Dura-Weve,” the textile featured in their new disposable tableware line. With the idea that paper dresses were the future, other companies like Mars of Asheville joined the excitement and were soon selling 80,000 dresses per week.


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Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s explores this phenomenon of the era through more than 80 rare garments and accessories selected entirely from the Museum’s comprehensive fashion-design collection, which is home to one of the leading collections of paper fashion in the United States, made possible through donations from Kelly Ellman and Gail and Stephen Rineberg. The exhibition showcases dresses, bikinis, skirts, hats, jumpsuits, rompers, beach cover-ups, and more made from paper, plastic, laminate, and other disposable materials, many of which were highly flammable although coated in flame-retardant chemicals.

Exhibition highlights include garments that mimicked kitchen countertop patterns, a promotional for Viking appliances; children’s dresses featuring Captain Kangaroo and Flintstones cartoons; a dress and matching placemats and napkins by Seagram’s 7, created so the ultimate party hostess could match her décor; and, mostly notably, the Campbell’s Souper Dress and the first two original Paper Caper dresses from Scott Paper Company. Altogether, Generation Paper examines how the whimsical and short-lived paper-dress trend of the 1960s was a period of experimentation that informs many modern textiles of today and will continue to influence the textiles of tomorrow.


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Date: December 18, 2021 – July 17, 2022 / Recurring daily


  • Monday | Closed
  • Tuesday | Closed
  • Wednesday | 10 am – 9 pm
  • Thursday – Sunday | 10 am – 5 pm


  • ADULT $21.00
  • SENIOR (65+) $18.00
  • STUDENT $16.00
  • YOUTH (6 – 17) $5.00
  • UNDER 6 $0.00

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