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Standards Play Supporting Role at 78th Annual Academy Awards

New York, Mar 02, 2006

At the 78th Annual Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday, millions of eyes will look to the stars for a preview of the most alluring upcoming fashion trends. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of glamorous events, the Academy Awards has become a greatly anticipated showcase of the most daring and baring styles. This year, as they make their way down the red carpet in pursuit of the highly coveted statuette, celebrities and designers can have peace of mind, knowing that their garments have been tested according to widely accepted standards.

ASTM International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed a number of test methods to assess the performance of textiles based on characteristics such as the weave, construction, and weight of the fabric. ASTM D3107-03, Standard Test Methods for Stretch Properties of Fabrics Woven from Stretch Yarns, helps to ensure that a garment retains its intended shape both during and after its debut. Designed to determine the stretch, growth, and recovery properties of a fabric after a specified period of tension and extension, this standard can be applied to fabrics woven in whole or in part from stretch yarns.

The strength and durability of zippers and snaps often play an overlooked but crucial supporting role to a gown or suit. ASTM D4846-96, Standard Test Method for Resistance to Unsnapping of Snap Fasteners, determines the force required to unfasten snaps by a pull perpendicular to and parallel with the plane of the snap fastener. This test method is intended to imitate actual wear conditions and can be used to compare different brands and makes of snap fasteners. ASTM D2061-03, Standard Test Method for Strength Tests for Zippers, ascertains the holding strength of zippers and various zipper parts including slider locks, stops, and slider pulls.

As Oscar nominees nervously await the long-anticipated opening of the envelope, ANSI member AATCC (the American Academy of Textile Chemists and Colorists) can help them keep their cool. AATCC Test Method 15-2002, Colorfastness to Perspiration, determines the ability of a fabric to resist color change after exposure to perspiration, and applies to all dyed and printed fibers, yarns, and fabrics.

After the big night is over, celebrities may want to know the appropriate care for their garment. While many of the sequined and bejeweled gowns worn by the silver screen’s starlets may not hold up to dry cleaning methods, perhaps Hollywood dry cleaners will see a sudden influx of tuxedos and cummerbunds. AATCC Test Method 132-2004, Colorfastness to Drycleaning, is intended to determine a garment’s ability to retain its original color after three commercial dry cleaning processes. The tested specimen is rated against the AATCC standard gray scale for color change and against the standard gray scale for staining to determine chromatic transference to a multi-fiber swatch.

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