Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fabric of the week: Ultrasuede

In 1970, a relatively expensive new fabric came into being, and was soon being cut into tastefully stylish clothing. Vintage items of Ultrasuede so often date from the 1970s, when designers and the public took a liking to its consistency, drape (you can easily tie a bow of it), dye- and printability and easy care. The title of the 2010 film Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston pretty neatly summarizes the the amalgam of decade, fabric and one designer particularly fond of the material.

Halston, his Halstonettes and plenty of Ultrasuede. Photo: Duane Michals/WWD
This is from the VFG Fabric Resource:
A trademarked fabric dating from 1970, Ultrasuede is a nonwoven fabric resembling suede. It is made of polyester, non-fibrous urethane and synthetic resins. It is created in a process involving needle punching microfibers into a felt-like ground. 
Uses: Coats, suits, dresses
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photo by Hoyt Carter 
70s Ultrasuede belted shift dress in my Etsy shop


Frocktasia said...

Love that pic of Halston & his Halstonettes...x

Lizzie said...

That's an interesting dress that you have. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a printed Ultrasuede.

denisebrain said...

You know, it prints well, but I suspect that it wasn't printed so much because it was supposed to resemble suede.