Sumptuous Trend - Colored Velvet
the longest time velvet was only accessible to the wealthy families,
churches, and nobility.Enter industrial revolution and bam there was
Velvet for everyone. Women were wearing gowns, shawls, coats in this
decadent fabric and lapping it up.The
pile on velvet (height of the fibers), is short and dense, which gives
it that soft to the touch feeling that delights its host. This new age take on the trend has been manipulated to compliment a woman’s natural figure.This fabric has always been a classic staple in the fashion world, but this year it seems to be one of the “it” fabrics.
fabrics were typically woven from silk, referred to in Chinese as
quirong jin or rongquan jin. Iraq was also one of the first producers of
velvet, as was Egypt. Cairo was a production hub of velvet for a time,
with pieces that date back to 2000 B.C. The technique to create it was
so complex and time-consuming that it was an extremely high-end luxury
good, available only to royalty and the very rich.
forward to the Industrial Revolution– velvet production became
mechanized, easier and faster to produce. Therefore, the textile so
deeply associated with ultimate luxury became cheaper and more widely
available. This association stuck however, and
it was still used in garments favored by the upper class to add glamour
to an ensemble. During the 1920’s for example, evening gowns and shawls
were frequently cut from velvet, often the devore version mentioned
earlier. In fact, the technique was popularized during this era. These
decadent patterned fabrics became synonymous with 1920’s fashion.