WEDDING DRESS JARGON BUSTING PART 4 - FABRICS
TULLE – a sheer net – think veils, ballerina skirts.
TAFFETA – a more thick or stiff fabric, similar to satin but often rustles when it moves with a shinier finish.
SATIN – a smooth, sometimes shiny fabric, can be thick or thin. Duchess Satin is the thicker style often associated with royal wedding and occasion dresses.
CHIFFON – a lightweight, drapey fabric that can be semi-sheer.
ORGANZA – stiffer and slightly heavier than chiffon but still semi-sheer. Sometimes with a slight sheen.
CREPE – a woven, slightly heavier fabric that usually gives a lovely drape with a matte finish.
GEORGETTE – a more sheer, lightweight crepe fabric with a matte finish.
BROCADE – a richly-patterned, often heavier woven fabric, often made with gold or silver threads.
GUIPURE LACE – technically embroidery rather than lace, it has no mesh backing and is slightly heavier and more open than lace.
CORDED LACE – the detail on the lace is highlighted by a cord, which gives the lace a slightly textured / raised look.
EMBROIDERED LACE – patterns are stitched onto an illusion base, giving an applique-like look.
CHANTILLY LACE – usually a fine and detailed lace, often used on vintage dresses.
EYELASH LACE – has little threads or ‘lashes’ along the edge, often seen on necklines, straps or hems