Sample of first nylon knitted tubing. Knitted July 1935 from polyamide made from pentamethylenediamine and sebacic acid.
The release in 1938 of nylon, the first commercial synthetic fibre, ushered in a fashion and textile revolution. This experimental length was the first specimen to prove that it was possible to create a potentially wearable fabric from a totally synthetic substance. After 11 years of research costing $27 million, nylon was invented by a 200-strong team working for DuPont in the USA.