Lurex is the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminium, silver, or gold layer has been vaporised. "Lurex" may also refer to cloth created with the yarn.
Hugo Wolfram, father of mathematician Stephen Wolfram, served as Managing Director of the Lurex Company; he was also author of three novels
Lurex has been a popular material for movie and television costumes. For example, the bodysuit worn by actress Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the Batman TV series of the 1960s is constructed of black Lurex.
Its presence for 'sparkle' at the 1920s-themed 50th anniversary party for MOMA in New York City in 1979 was noted in a news story on the gala event.