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Ghost London

Morna Laing

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Hervé Léger

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Synthetics

Michiel Scheffer

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010

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The origin of synthetic fibers goes back to the development of organic chemistry in the second half of the nineteenth century. The objective was to develop an economical, reliable alternative for silk. The development of rayon, acetate, polyamides, and polyesters all had that aim. Artificial silk was available on an industrial scale from 1920 onward, mainly for stockings and underwear. World War II boosted the production of artificial fibers, since the war interrupted wool and cotton supply to Ge

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