These twins may dress alike, but apparently they have very different tastes in textiles. One favors 'regular' fabrics, while the other prefers synthetics. The latter was an emerging class of material in 1955; with names straight out of the chemistry lab—Orlon, Dacron, and the like—they were presented as modern fabric miracles, resistant to wrinkling, staining, and fading. It's curious to see that these test-tube textiles were relegated to the delicate cycle in the washer. I suspect that then, as now, the detergent manufacturers had a say in this decision.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.