Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tyvek Fashion - Tyvek Wedding Dress!

A couple of news stories from the UK describe fashion designer Christina McIntosh using Tyvek® to create a wedding dress.

You can view a video of the design, creation and modeling of the Tyvek® dress. STV.tv says:
A paper wedding dress designed by a student at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen is to dawn the catwalk at a prestigious bridal awards ceremony.

Christina McIntosh's eco-friendly design has been shortlisted in the 2009 Bridal Buyer Awards.

The event is regarded as Europe's top bridal awards ceremony.

According to the March 3, 2009 story in The Press and Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland, UK) titled "Eye-catching wedding dresses make the cut":
Students at an Aberdeen art school have reached the final of a top bridal fashion award.

Christina McIntosh and Magdalena Zareba, both fashion students at Gray’s School of Art, have been shortlisted for this year’s Bridal Buyer awards for their wedding dress designs, including one which looks like it has been made from paper.

Miss McIntosh, 20, from Aberdeen, designed her paper-style dress to promote eco-friendly fashion. She used a material, Tyvek, which is more durable but just as recyclable as paper. She said: “I am thrilled to have been shortlisted and to have such a high-profile platform on which to promote eco-friendly fashion.”

The stories refer to Tyvek® as paper.  Of course, Tyvek® is not exactly paper, though we often hear it referred to as Tyvek® paper, particularly hard Tyvek® styles.  Tyvek® does have a paper-like texture.  But it certainly would make a more durable wedding dress than paper, and would be much easier to sew. In addition to paper-like Tyvek, there are also several fabric-like Tyvek styles available. These have a softer hand, excellent drapeability, and soften like leather over time. Fabric-like styles of Tyvek are also very easy to dye using RIT dye. The more paper-like styles take acrylic paint with ease, and acrylic paint seems to accentuate the interesting patterns of the Tyvek fibers.

So if you are a designer looking for innovative materials, or you are getting married and want to make your own Tyvek® wedding dress, give us a call to request a Tyvek sample packet so you can see and feel all the differnt Tyvek styles available from Material Concepts. Material Concepts would be happy to be your Tyvek® supplier!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure "Fabric-like styles of Tyvek are also very easy to dye using RIT dye"?? It is not what they said to me at www.ritdye.com

October 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Douglas Kohn, www.MaterialConcepts.com said...

Great question!
Rit dye is something we tried years ago. It does work on soft Tyvek styles, such as the 1443R or 1622E, but the results can be interesting. For example, if you wanted to dye the Tyvek navy blue, it would come out a non-uniform light blue. The nature of Tyvek - it's hydrophobic - it's non absorbent - so naturally it wants to resist the dye. This probably explains the non-uniformity of color and lighter shade of color when dying Tyvek.

Bottom line - using rit dye with Tyvek is a process that will yield predictably unpredictable resluts, but it can be done. (Best to try on a small swatch sample - give us a call or email info@materialconcepts.com to request some samples)

And thank you for your question!

October 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

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