Wedding Dress Fabrics and Materials

Wedding Dress Fabrics and Materials

You want a gown that drapes you beautifully. But what fabric is best for your wedding gown? Brocade, chiffon, satin – fabrics you have heard about, but perhaps you do not know what they mean.

Brocade
(It. Broccare, broccato = decorate)
Brocade exists in many different qualities, woven in a Jacquard-machine in complicated designs. Normally it is woven in raw silk, but you can also find variants in cotton, polyester and viscose. The design is often in different colors on a one-colored bottom and has a dim or blank gloss. Earlier it was common with gold- or silver threads in the material.

Chiffon
(Fr. the word for rag)
A delicate, sheer and transparent material made from silk or rayon. It is popular for overskirts, sheer sleeves, under wears and wraps.

Duchesse satin
It is woven in silk and rayon into a satin finish. It is very popular for elegant dresses.

Embroidered edging
Most often an entire embroidered cotton fabric that also has holes and uneven edging.

Lace
Laces are made in linen, silk or cotton. The most excellent laces are made in Italy.

Moire
Moire is a heavy silk taffeta, with subtle wavy design, which occurs when the fabric is pressed between hot metal drums.

Organza
Organza is a transparent, stiff and shimmering material. Originally made of silk but can also be woven in rayon. Organza is used in wide, charming dresses, sometimes embroidered.

Satin
A heavy, smooth material with a high sheen on one side and drapes you beautifully. It is undoubtedly the most sought-after and cherished wedding dress material.

Shantung
Shantung is similar to raw silk, but with a rubbed texture.

Taffeta
Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib.

Tulle

Netting made of silk, nylon or rayon. Tulle is sheer and transparent and used primarily for skirts and veils.