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Bad Idea:
Disposable Clothes

A recollection of the terrible trend for paper dresses.
Words by Stephanie d’Arc Taylor. Photograph by Jum Nakao.

America in the 1960s was a wild place for lifestyle ideas. People demanded convenience above all else, achievable via newfangled modern technologies: Salad could be made in advance and kept fresh—sort of—by adding Jell-O. Playing fields didn’t need to be watered if they were made of plastic ChemGrass (now known as AstroTurf). Best of all, the banality of wearing the same well-made, long-lasting garments year after year could be history with the decade’s most bizarre forgotten bad idea: disposable paper

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five

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