Ladies' dresses and gowns illustrated in Pettigrew & Stephens' sale catalogue, January 1933.
By the 1930s man-made fibres such as regenerated rayon (called artificial silk, or art silk) were increasingly supplementing cotton and silk. The resultant expansion of the chemical industry created jobs which helped diversify a national economy previously dominated by heavy industry. This was not greatly to Glasgow's benefit, as the new light industries tended to be concentrated in the midlands and south of England.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 381.14106541443 PET
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