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The Science of Stretch

The Historic Costume and Textiles Collection (HCTC) in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies is featured in the new exhibit at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) entitled; "Second Skin, The Science of Stretch".  The exhibit explores the history and science behind the innovation of materials to help make the wearer look better, feel better, and athletes perform better with products that stretch.   Garments from the costume collection at the University of Delaware were selected to show the evolution of stretch in such categories as legwear, swimwear and intimate apparel.  Dilia López-Gydosh, curator of the HCTC said that "The pieces selected for the exhibit reflect how innovation in fibers and fabrics were interpreted in the trends over the past century".  Martha Carper, Heritage Council member at CHF worked with the University of Delaware and Invista to execute the exhibit.  The exhibit is free and open to the public through Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.  The purpose of the CHF is to foster dialogue on science and technology in society and focuses on matter and materials and their effects on our modern world in the physical sciences, chemistry, and engineering.

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • fashion-studies@udel.edu
  • United States Fashion Industry Association