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Fabrics, Form and Function

Any discussion of wedding dress design begins with the fabric. In all cases, the fabric dictates the shape, drape and cut of a dress, as well as the time of day and season it can be worn. Conversely, the choice of silhouette will impact the fabric selection, as the requirements for a lavish ball gown will differ greatly from those for a narrow column. There are essentially two types of construction – structured and soft.


For more conventional wedding gowns, certain fabrics have practically become generic. Stiff or substantial, these materials have the necessary body to respond in a precise way when draped. They are also ideal for fitted bodices or bustiers. The most desirable fabrics are the following:

Duchess Satin and Satin-polyester Blends, Silk Taffeta, Silk Radzmere, Taffeta Blends, Tulle, Silk Faille, & Basket Weaves.


Some brides opt for a more seductive or casual approach to wedding attire. For sheer comfort and a subtle articulation of the body, a narrow wedding gown can strike the perfect compromise between sensual and celebratory.

Silk Crepe and Crepe Blends, Silk Charmeuse, Georgette, Silk Chiffon, Jerseys from Matte to Wool, Velvets; Cotton, Silk Panné, Washed, Burn-out and Blends, and Stretch Illusion.

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