Previously, we have had a discussion of several common wedding dress fabrics such as satin, chiffon, lace and silk. Today we’ll then have more introductions on other fabrics of bridal gowns. Some of them are as common as the fabric mentioned before, some are just a bit special than others.
Besides silhouette and neckline, fabric plays a key role in selecting the right gown, as the same style of dress may look and feel very different in a variety of fabrics. Different fabrics are just suited to different wedding styles and different seasons.
Taffeta: Taffeta is still one of the common fabrics that used for wedding dresses. This is a crisp, smooth, and light-weave fabric with a slight rib. It’s generally made from silk or synthetic fibers. A wedding gown made of taffeta presents a luxurious look for the bride. But it is also a little bit noisy, as it will make a sound while the bride is walking.
Tulle: We can easily guess out this kind of fabric’s features just from its name. Tulle is a fine, starched netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon and often used for skirts and veils, but also used in wedding dresses to give the silhouette fullness.
Organza: Also as a common bridal gown fabric, organza is a sheer, stiff fabric of silk or synthetic materials. It is similar to tulle, but less coarse and more flowing. As to its lightweight, but also stiff texture, it has been variously used in wedding gowns, including puffy sleeves or gowns with an overskirt.
Georgette: This is a sheer, lightweight fabric and generally made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface. It is slightly heavier and more opaque than chiffon. It feels somewhat rough to the touch, but because of its nice and flowing look, it is still wide used for supporting the silhouette of a wedding dress.
Peau de Soie: In French, it means “skin of silk”. Peau de soie is a satin-faced silk or synthetic fabric with a dull luster, fine ribs, and a grainy appearance. This fabric is as soft as silk, and is used most often for mother of the bride’s gowns. However, it doesn’t stretch well, so it works with brides who are petite or able to maintain their weights before the wedding day.