Heres a list of definitions for some of the more common fabrics used in wedding dresses. Each fabric has its own drape and feel, which will create a distinctly different look and effect on your body.
Brocade - thick fabric with all-over raised resign woven into it. Has a rich, heavy feel to it. Best for fall or winter wedding dresses,
Charmeuse - extra lightweight silk or polyester with a softer, more slippery feel to it than satin or silk. A little more luster as well.
Chiffon - sheer, delicate, and transparent, this light fabric is hugely popular in wedding gown designs. Works well for all seasons.
Moiré - usually polyester or silk, this fabric has a watermark pattern woven into it.
Organza - sheer like chiffon, but has a slightly stiffer feel.
Peau de soie - a heavy, satin-like fabric but with less shine. In addition to wedding dresses, also used on handbags, shoes, and accessories.
Satin - usually man-made, this smooth popular fabric has a lustrous sheen.
Silk - a luxurious, natural fiber in high demand for wedding gowns. Comes in many finishes ranging from a soft luster to nubby raw texture.
Shantung - a silk or polyester with a hand woven, nubby feel.
Taffeta - a crisp, textured fabric with mid to low degree of sheen.
Tulle - a fine, open weave netting used for everything from wedding favors to veils to bridal gown skirts.
Velvet - made of nylon, rayon, or silk, velvet has a soft thick nap to it.
Usually a heavier fabric is selected for fall or winter wedding dresses: satins, rich taffetas, brocade, a moiré, velvet, or a heavy lave. For spring or summer wedding dresses, a lighter fabric such as chiffon, lightweight satin, organza, silk charmeuse, eyelet linen, dotted Swiss, or a lightweight lace may be used,
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