This 1997 article contains the by now over-familiar fashion-related promos but mentions Pat White and features Sandy McLennan singing the praises of Tencel/Nylon blends. It is also the first I've seen which combines high-end fashion stories with the message "Tencel is cheap to produce".
Imagine a fabric that drapes beautifully, feels soft as silk, is hard-wearing enough to be thrown into the washing machine, is crease- resistant and environment-friendly. Too good to be true? No. Such a fabric really exists. Its name is Tencel.