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1968 Pierre Cardin dress made from pink heat-moulded Dynel

Dynel is a trade name for a type of synthetic fiber used in fibre reinforced plastic composite materials, especially for marine applications. As it is easily dyed, it was also used to fabricate wigs.[1][2] The fashion designer Cardin used Dynel fabric (which he marketed as "Cardine") to make a collection of heat-moulded dresses in 1968.[3] A copolymer of acrylonitrile and vinyl chloride, Dynel shares many properties with both polyacrylonitrile (high abrasion resistance, good tensile strength) and PVC (flame resistance). It is an acrylic resin.

Dynel was originally produced by Union Carbide corporation.


  1. ^ Time Magazine, 1 Jun 1962, Modern Living: The Extra
  2. ^ Baltimore Afro-American, 26 Jan 1971: Wigs Require Special Care
  3. ^ Steele, Valerie (2000). Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now. Yale University Press. pp. 68–69. ISBN 9780300087383. Retrieved 15 March 2019.