This light-weight opaque fabric, made from either silk or rayon, is often layered over other more structured material for a floaty effect. Chiffon dresses are usually simple styles that fold and pack well for a destination wedding, such as our Venus wedding dress (Above). They can, however, be embellished with beads, crystals and motifs to hold their own at a formal wedding.
This delicate open-weave fabric can make up panels of a dress or can accentuate features such as the neckline or back. It can also make an open-backed or low-cut dress more modest by covering those areas. Not just confined to embellishments, an entire dress can be made from lace, if it is well lined, such as our Sydney dress. Lace is often used in vintage dresses, but is also used on very modern high fashion designs, particularly to enhance a neckline. There are many types, such as heavy linen Alencon, handmade Chantilly lace, which is usually in black and the more robust Guipure (my favourite), which is often used as cut-out motifs laid out on mesh net. This lace is thicker than other varieties and very traditional in style.
This is a sheer fabric that, when layered, adds body to a dress. Organza is the fabric that often lends wow-factor in the form of a gorgeous ruffled full-length skirt, such as our Sarah Jessica gown (above). The ruffles can be long, short or more random. A new look is to leave organza ruffles unhemmed to create more of a natural under-worked look. The material can be used to beautiful effect in overlay embellishments, such as trains, layered skirts and veils.
silk is a smooth, soft and natural fibre that can be used, by itself or with a rayon blend, to make charmeuse, organza, satin and tulle.
This is a netting used for veils and dresses. When used in a wedding dress skirt, the dress can look reminiscent of a beautiful ballerina. Dresses made from tulle are very feminine and romantic, such as our Alessandra gown. Tulle mixes beautifully with other fabric for a romantic look and here a several layers of tulle form the skirt for a floaty look while the bodice is a more structured organza.
If you’ve ever been shopping at a second-hand charity store, you’ll be well familiar with the stiff gaudy gowns that hang sadly on the racks waiting to be snapped up for fancy dress parties. Taffeta has returned from the 80s and is creating sculptural bridal elegance on the high-fashion catwalks. It is a thick, stiff fabric used often for full skirts in A-line designs or structured ball gowns.
Satin adds shine and can be a swishy light weight fabric, but is more often a thick lustrous material used in structured areas of a gown. In our Adriana wedding dress
This fabric is similar to a light-weight satin. By itself its very body skimming while used under another fabric such as tulle it can shine through without adding bulk.