Lurex®, all that glitters is not gold

Lurex®, like Pyrex® and Kleenex®, is an American invention of the 1940s. Created by the Dow Badische Company, this artificial fibre is made up of an aluminium core covered by a polyester film, making the material both resistant and flexible.

Particularly during the 1980s, Lurex®, living up to it’s name, became highly attractive. Capable of imitating every metallic tone, it reflected light from every angle.

Hollywood used endless supplies for its costumes and it began to appear in haute couture. The fashion for Lyrex® began with Balenciaga in 1957 when the Lyonnais fashion house Abraham proposed a sample of the fibre mixed with silk. Other Lyonnais silk makers such as Bianchini-Férier, Pichat-Chaléard and Bucol, would later also use this fibre widely in their collections.