Good on Paper

When the only prop is paper, fashion finds new ways to play.

In the 1960s, paper clothing had its moment as a fashion trend. An offshoot of the wider infatuation with dispensable consumer goods, designers began experimenting with making clothes—primarily women’s shift dresses—out of paper. Of course, the craze didn’t last: paper clothes were flammable, uncomfortable and easy to tear.

But paper still has the capacity to contribute to beautiful ensembles when presented in conjunction with clothes, rather than instead of them. To celebrate the launch of the second edition of Arjowiggins Creative Papers’ comprehensive Paper Book—an A4 volume that acts as a swatch guide for every color and texture of paper the company makes—Kinfolk’s creative team have been experimenting with how different sorts of paper can effect the mood of a studi...

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