Friday, February 17, 2012

Perfect Polyester!

Recently I've blogged about my love for polyester from the 60's (here) and 70's (here).  I grew up wearing polyester but as a "yuppie" in the 80's would not have been caught dead in it!  Now I can't seem get enough of this spirited, easy to care for fabric. Some more great examples from the archives of Augusta Auctions.

Sargent Pepper Dress
1950 - 1967
Designed by Michael Mott for Paraphernalia
Polyester Knit

Wool Knit Day Dresses
Rudi Gernreich

I've included some examples of wool knit dresses because they are sometimes hard to tell from poly knit. One way to tell them apart is to try the dress on, poly usually is not scratchy.  

Op Art Dress
Rudy Gernreich
Wool Knit

Two Dresses
Late 1960's
Rudi Gernreich for Harman Knitwear (purple)
Betsy Johnson for Paraphernalia (green/yellow)

Polyester Jeweled Gown
Oscar de la Renta for I. Magnin

Cocktail Dress
Bob Mackie
Black Polyester & Beads

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