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Date: 4/1/13 10:15 PM

I was looking around various websites today for inspiration and ideas and was surprised to see that all of the dresses I clicked on at high end stores like Saks, Bergdorf, and DVF website were 100% polyester. The dresses are over $200 ( like this one
Poly shift dress
Is there something I don't know about today's polyester? Is there really a high end dry cleaning required polyester or is this just to make people think it really is worth that much? Isnt the main advantage of poly that it can be washed and doesn't require ironing? I am not surprised I can not find much cotton at kohls these days, but DVF?

Is this related to the trend in lower quality fabrics we were discussing on the other thread or do I need some educating about fabrics?

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Date: 4/2/13 0:50 AM

I'm wondering the same. I think this is a strategy to make people to know less and less (or do not know anything)about quality fabrics and tailoring. Over $200 for a polyester dress? No thank you.

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Date: 4/2/13 3:42 AM

I am not surprised since the price of cotton is quite high at the moment.

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Date: 4/2/13 7:42 AM

The model on the site you linked to looks angry at having to wear cheap polyester, too!

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Date: 4/2/13 9:14 AM

Just as there are different grades of wool and cotton, there are different grades of polyester. Some polyester fabrics are the cheap and cheesey kind you used to find in the dollar bin at Walmart. Other polyester fabrics are mid level like the ten dollar a yard poly/lycra Brazil Knit from Nancy's Notions that I use for all my everyday tops. Still others are special high end, French and Italian made poly/lycra knits and wovens that sell for up to $20 a yard at specialty fabric websites such as Marcy Tiltonand Emma One Sock.



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Date: 4/2/13 9:26 AM

Some polys, for me especially poyester georgette, are just heavenlyi. They are among my favorite European summer travel garments. They arenearly transparent, but not quite, and a nude-colored bra just disappears.

The fabric is cool--lets a LOT of air through--and dries almost instantly on a hanger in your bathroom.


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Date: 4/2/13 1:02 PM

I'm guessing the "dry-clean" label is a CYA move by the manufacturer. They don't want to be held liable if something goes wrong after throwing your $200 dress in the washing machine.

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Date: 4/2/13 2:27 PM

I'm not opposed to polyester and poly-blends. I like to be able to get dressed in wash-n-go clothes without having to iron them. I like being able to wear clothes without a bunch of wrinkles. And today's polyesters are not all itchy and plastic-y like they use to be. I have a gorgeous poly crepe that looks and feels just like silk crepe de chine. And you should watch "All on the Line" with Joe Zee on Sundance. It gives a lot of insight into production costs of clothing. Using a poly instead of silk, plastic buttons, darts instead of princess seams, etc... will keep down productions costs and the price the consumer pays. If you think $200 is a lot, look at those "natural fiber" dresses on sites like Net-a-Porter.com, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, etc...

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Date: 4/11/13 3:16 AM

Just some thoughts from Walden's Pond :I work hard at avoiding avoidable exposure to chemicals and toxins in foods,cleaning products,and household furnishings.I understand the convenience of polyester clothing but its still a chemical brew akin to plastic soda bottles and saran wrap.This has no intrinsic or monetary value to me because it is not a natural earth created thing.I wouldn't eat poly-apples or synthetic broccoli and I wouldn't feel like I was wearing anything real wrapping up in synthetics.I like to sew cotton,linen ,silk and wool because to me they are beautiful and they make me grateful to the earth for providing.

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Date: 4/11/13 11:55 AM

Natural, man made can often be a question of semantics. How natural really is that bolt of wool? It is no longer freshly shorn off the sheep. How many chemicals were used to process it not to mention the synthetic coal tar dyes its soaked in. . Ditto cotton unless it is organic and in its unbleached plain form. Cotton is sprayed up the yin yan with toxic pesticides.
I think it is more important how does the fabric feel on the skin esp if you are sensitive to such things. I too like Elona love the feel of delicate drapey poly georgette. I loathe itchy wool and some silks can be very hot and icky.
Yes polys are "man made" but came from a "natural resource" in the earth...petroleum and originally plants.
I really think the polys are much better than a decade ago. Some are heavenly against the skin like EOS's knits.
And yes $200 is a bargain for a RTW dress from a high end designer
One of the reasons I sew LOL

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