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Stamped Evening Wear the Latest Fashion Craze?

Stamped Evening Wear the Latest Fashion Craze?

Monday, April 1, 2002
You’ve heard of metalware. How about metalwear? Eagle-eyed Academy Awards watchers may have noticed something odd about Calista Flockhart’s wardrobe on Oscar night. The diminutive star of Ally McBeal strolled the red carpet sporting a dazzling ensemble—anchored by, of all things, a stamped aluminum pashmina. The article, like a scarf or wrap, is used to provide some warmth in air-conditioned climates. Flockhart, in an interview with Fashion Today magazine, said the garment, from Vera Wang, includes strategically placed hinges and smoothed edges for added comfort. The TV star donned the pashmina to “try something new and different. Metalwear is really catching on,” she said. Though too new to be considered a trend, increased popularity in metalwear may open new doors for metalformers. But technical issues abound. For example, weight is an impediment, as full-length dresses would tax most high-society wearers. Perforated metal may be an answer. Also, special, flexible coatings might be needed for all-weather protection, though stainless steel, titanium or aluminum alloys could fit the bill. In any case, don’t look for full-metal gowns anytime soon, however. FEA simulation has shown that deep-draw forming requirements for stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dolly Parton put too much stress on thin metals.

Oh, one more thing…Happy April Fool’s Day from the staff of MetalForming.


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