Fabric made of cellulose acetate fiber, used pure or in a blend of cotton, viscose and silk. It was invented in Germany in 1869. The Swiss chemists Camille and Henry Dreyfuss continued the research on spun yarn which, during World War I, was used for tarpaulin covers for airplanes. In the 1920s the English firm Celanese Ltd produced the first fabric using the Swiss method. Acetate is still used in all areas of women’s fashion for its silken look. It can be found in taffeta, twill, satin, and cady, in linings and ribbons, in synthetic furs and linen. It can be shiny or opaque. Soft and elastic, it doesn’t crease or shrink and dries quickly.