About this Event

Image of the galleries at the Phoenix Art Museum that show several colorful paper dresses on view

ABOVE and TOP: Installation view of "Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s," 2021, Phoenix Art Museum. Image © Phoenix Art Museum

5 pm | Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall with light bites from 1400 by Elderslie and cash/credit bar
6 pm | Presentation in the Howard E. Wooden Auditorium

Sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum

Helen Jean, Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, will give a talk about the fascinating fashion phenomenon that occurred during the late 1960s. Paper dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, accessories and even bikinis began popping up in major department stores and corner general stores, on celebrities, and even at the beach!

Learn about the history of the marketing scheme that set the entire fad in motion, and the experimental textile technology that occurred as a result. This illustrated lecture will look at over 50 garments and accessories with detailed photographs of textiles, construction methods and interior shots of objects to explore this exciting, experimental and extremely short-lived moment in fashion’s history.

Our Speaker

Photo of a white women with above-the-shoulder length straight blonde hair looking to the left and wearing a white and black blouse

Helen Jean, Jacque Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum