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Nylon, the new normal

The material’s sturdiness, water resistance and affordability make it popular
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The Telegraph   |   Published 09.12.21, 12:09 AM

It’s a comeback for nylon, the most versatile fabric in the fashion industry. It was invented in 1938, but only during World War II did it hit the fashion high street as austerity made stockings go from silk to nylon. By the 50s, nylon was in everything from sweater sets to men’s suits to faux fur coats and even petticoats. By 1955, nylon was on Paris runways with all top designers using the synthetic fabric: from Coco Chanel to Nina Ricci, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin. Today in a pandemic-hit back-to-basics world, nylon is making a comeback in bags and accessories in the fall of 2021. The material’s sturdiness, water resistance and affordability make it popular. Brands high and low have embraced the nylon bag. We have Sacai’s utilitarian nylon backpack, Alexander McQueen’s logo shoulder bags, Marni’s quilted mini totes and Miu Miu’s star spangled padded tote in lilac and hot pink.



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