Friday, 15 June 2012

Plastic Lightning Zip

Isn't it lovely how sometimes the most unexpected things bring you so much joy. Like this zipper. I'm not entirely sure why, but it has always fascinated me. And not so long ago I discovered that I shared my birthday with  Gideon Sundback whose work not only perfected the design of the zipper, and who created the machine that made the zipper, but he was also president of the Lightning Fastener Company which made this, my favourite of all zippers!

I'm guessing that this dress, which has been hand made, dates from the late 1940's. A kind of metallized crepe fabric with sequins, paillettes, and seed beads. The zipper is quite crudely fitted but that's part of the charm.

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