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Tactel Embarks On Exhibtion With A High-Impact Look

A joint venture between DuPont Tactel® and Elite Model Management has resulted in a traveling photo-fashion exhibition that is making stops in major cities in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Noted fashion photographer Judson Baker has photographed fresh new models wearing garments knitted or woven in fabrics containing Tactel nylon. Photos and apparel are now on a four-month tour, which began in London and ends in Hong Kong, with stops in Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo.

Photographed in New York and London, the focus is on variety and versatility. The 120 garments featured cover a range of end-use activities, including career, casual, active, outerwear, intimate apparel, hosiery and formal attire for men, women and juniors. Moody photographs are displayed in a gallery-like setting. Garments are hung in enormous steamer trunks.

The exhibition of Tactel yarns are shown in knitted and woven fabrics. There are sweaters knitted with chenille yarns that have a soft, velvety touch. Other sweaters are slinky, smooth and lustrous with a slick hand, or rustic and natural in appearance with a dry feel. T-shirt knits run the gamut from sheer and silky to opaque with a sporty look.

Taffetas woven with Tactel are elegant for evening wear or high-tech for quilted parkas. Crepes are knitted or woven with twisted yarns. Matte jerseys, lacy looks, waffle weaves, velvets, patterned shirtings and basic poplins and canvases are among the other fabrics shown. Whether fabrics are light, airy cobweb sheers or gutsy performance fabrics, in matte or shine, the variety is endless.

Garments selected come from the collections of noted designers and fashion firms around the world. Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Polo Sport, Betsey Johnson and Mary Jane Marcasiano are among the Americans featured. There are knits from Joseph of London. Krizia, Trussardi and Max Mara are Italian contributors. Issey Miyake of France and the German firm Escada are other names of note. Hosiery is from Christian Dior and Hue.

Rather than making a strong fashion statement, focus is on the variety and end-use of Tactel. Feel, texture, performance, comfort and the remarkable range of fabrics and garments is emphasized through association with some of today's top talent in fashion design.

By Virginia Borland, New York Correspondent


January 1999




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