Ah crimplene, I just love the stuff. Not a lot of people do though, for my mum and Aunt crimplene conjures up memories of horrible sweaty school uniforms and fashions they would rather forget.
Crimplene was developed by ICI Fibres Laboratory (now defunct) in the early 50s and was named after Crimple Valley where the company was based. It's a thick yarn that produces heavy, wrinkle-resistant cloth which retains its shape and colour well and dries quickly. Clothes that were made from crimplene in the 1960s and 1970s still look as good now as the day they were made.
Sadly, crimplene fell out of favour in the 1970s as other, lighter weight polyester fabrics began to replace it.
St Michael made some great crimplene dresses back in the day. They are quite easy to find, a quick search on ebay will usually throw up some lovely pieces, and I've picked up quite a few dresses recently from vintage fairs and markets.
Crimplene may not be popular with everyone but I just love it, I wore the dress below on Friday when I went to the Bowie exhibition at the V&A. It might not be to everyones taste as it's very bright and very orange, but I'm not one to shy away from colour.