January 1, 2007
Pushing the Envelope
Designer Marian Schoettle has appropriated DuPont Tyvek as the raw material for a line of jackets, skirts, and bags.
Hudson Valley–based designer Marian Schoettle has appropriated DuPont Tyvek—a durable lightweight polyethylene commonly used in mattress tags, insulating house wrap, and FedEx envelopes—as the raw material for a line of jackets, skirts, and bags. Schoettle, who uses the professional alias “mau,” calls the result “postindustrial folkwear”—a rather dour label for clothes that, particularly in white, resemble a mad scientist’s well-loved lab coat.