Vinyl Fabric in Fashion Industry
In the 1926, Vinyl fabric was mistakenly discovered Waldo L. Salmon at BF Goodrich while making pure rubber. Vinyl fabric is a plasticized material made out of PVC, though the material isn’t flexible, with the addition of plasticizers, Vinyl fabric has made its way in fashion industry as well. The initial objective of vinyl was to create a rubber, a material that could be bonded easily with metal, however, as the experimentation proceeded, and it turned out that vinyl is a versatile plasticized material with tens’ of applications.
Initially, Semon applied the gel of curtain to make to waterproof and prevent absorption. Vinyl fabric was widely used during World War 2 as rubber was short in quantity, vinyl was preferred to use as an alternative. It became popular for its water proofing properties and packaging until late 1960’s when vinyl fabric marked its appearance in fashion industry. In the 1950s’ clothing trend adapted the use of vinyl and wearing vinyl fabric turned out elegant and demanding. The advent of vinyl gave designers a new thought of elegant and futuristic look to become quickly popular in the industry. It found the applications from fashion wear to safety wear as well.