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Innovative New Synthetic Fabrics

1980s Colour Fabric Technology

During the 1980s, M&S worked with technology company Instrumental Colour Systems (ICS). Together they developed a computer program that could measure and record the precise amount of dye needed to get the right colour for each different type of fabric. This made it possible to sell men’s suits as separate jackets and trousers – in different sizes –and the colours would still match! 

St Michael News article April 1981 about fabric colour technology
St Michael News April 1981

You can download a typed text version of the article from the Resources section, along with the M&S Fashion Timeline information sheet.