The Delaware Valley has a deep influence in the history and in the future of synthetic fiber and design. Our guest, REGINA LEE BLASZCZYK, has researched the Philadelphia region’s heritage in developing the chemicals that created the bright, consumer-friendly materials that decorate our surroundings and clothe us today. Rohm and Haas and DuPont’s contributions changed the way we paint our homes and dress ourselves – think AMC’s Mad Men’s clothing style, dynamic carpets and wall paint – and anchored Philadelphia as a manufacturing hub. Drexel University’s Fashion Design Program Director GENEVIEVE DION, a former high-end fashion designer who has gone deeper into what fabric can do, develops new, smart textiles and wearable technologies. Drexel University has just signed a million-dollar agreement with Shima Seiki USA, and Dion will now have a state-of-the-art laboratory in which to conduct her research.