Clear Plastic Raincoat worn by Joan Bennett
Curious PVC facts

The history of clear plastic raincoats part I.

Posted On April 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm by / No Comments

Did you know that clear raincoats existed since XIX. century?

It is believed that first non-industrial use of plastic foil has been documented around 1890s. The idea of wearing a protective coat that is see-through and fashionable as a classic rain mac was the next step. Every fashion savvy woman dreamed of having such a raincoat to be able to wear and flaunt her style even in rainy weather in the mid XX. century.

In the most feminine 30s-60s movie era, European actresses as well as Hollywood sirens wore plastic see-through coats in famous, now classic, motion pictures. The transparent rain mac was eye-catching even in black and white.

Check out the history of clear plastic raincoats in pictures:

Year 1890 Plastic Cape
Year 1896 Plastic Cape in Theater
'Port of Shadows' with Jean Gabin from 1938
‘Port of Shadows’ with Jean Gabin from 1938

 

Clear Plastic Raincoat worn by Joan Bennett
Clear Plastic Raincoat worn by Joan Bennett

 

Scarlet Street. 1945. PVC Raincoat
Scarlet Street. 1945. PVC Raincoat

 

Follow me Quietly. 1949
Follow me Quietly. 1949, padded shoulder clear plastic mac.

 

Miss Sadie Thompson. 1953.
Miss Sadie Thompson. 1953. Frosted Plastic Raincoat
Jayne Mansfield wearing a transparent PVC raincoat with a clear pvc umbrella. 50s
Jayne Mansfield wearing a transparent PVC raincoat with a clear pvc umbrella. 1950s

 

Raquel Welch 1960s swimwear
Raquel Welch 1960s swimwear ad, wearing a plastic rain mac.

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