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Sunday, 23 January 2011
Fabric Moment: Satin
In the 1960’s Balenciaga became an innovator in how he used his fabrics, one of which was his trademark sculptural creations including the funnel-shaped gowns made of stiff duchesse satin. He also went on to design the wedding dress for Queen Fabiola of Belgium, made of ivory duchesse satin trimmed with white mink at the collar and hips.
Satin is a luxurious fabric that has been used over centuries to beautifully create; bedding, wedding gowns, ballet shoes, lingerie, draperies, upholstery and even the lining for athletic uniforms. The front of the fabric is smooth and glossy giving it a silky soft texture whereas the back of the fabric is dull and matte. Satin was originally formed by weaving silk fibres; however modern satins may be made of silk fibres, polyester, acetate or rayon. Because of its construction and fibre content it is one of the most luxurious fabrics manufactured.
The most popular usage for satin in its history is for wedding gowns, it became popular in Europe in the 12th century, in Itay in the 13th and in England in the 14th century. There are four different types of satin: Crepe back, Antique, Duchesse and Slipper satin. In fashion week the long and simple satin dress seeped into fashion collections of the noughties. Then came the popularity of the slip dress made in both satin and silk, what was traditionally anundergarment has now become an outer garment being mass produced throughout the high street.
Jessica Biel at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing an Oscar De La Renta pleated duchess satin gown.