Little known fact: Former West Asheville-based hosiery company Mars of Asheville put this WNC town on the map in the mid ‘60s with super-trendy paper dresses. A fore-runner in the disposables industry, Mars got its start with mod, graphic throw-away shifts.
According to historians, the paper dress disappeared by the early 1970s, but in truth the pop-art phenomenon is here to stay. And not just as curio, exhibit or objet d’art.
Local designer R. Brooke Priddy will lead a clothes-making workshop using paper similar to that manufactured by the Mars Corporation. The paper dress-making event (for adults and teens 14 and up) is be held at the Asheville Art Museum on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 1-5 p.m. After the garments are completed, workshop participants can partake of a wine and cheese reception and fashion photo shoot.
$25 for AAM members, $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Info: 253-3227, ext. 120.
— Alli Marshall, A&E reporter