Thoughts on Wedding Dress Fabric - Part 4 - Duchess Satin & Eyelet

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Duchess Satin

Duchess satin is a silk and polyester mix woven together to create a shiny fabric. It is known for its smooth texture and elegant low-gloss sheen. It is shiny, heavy, very luxuriant, and is often used in the creation of couture gowns and other extravagant designs. Duchess satin has been around since ancient China when silk weavers made this textile with many layers of delicate fibers that created a soft texture with a lot of body and sheen.

Since the fabric is on the heavy side it is best for those brides marrying in cooler climates or indoors. Rich embellishments and other such adornments complement this fabric nicely. Designers prefer duchess satin because it drapes beautifully and

does not flutter at all. In fact many beautiful ball gowns and a-line gowns are constructed from this material. We adore Amsale’s gowns. Take a look and see how beautiful this fabric can be.


Nothing is sweeter than a summer gown made from intricate eyelet. Eyelet makes us think of warm weather, sweet smelling flowers, green grass, and beautiful sunny skies. Amazing for weddings on the beach or outdoor locations. It is rustic yet elegant, and oh so chic. This open weave embroidery is the perfect balance of sweetness and simplicity. It is lovely and romantic and can be dressy or informal.

This fabric is embroidered with tiny or medium sizes flowers with holes punched out in the middle of the fabric, usually in the center of the flower. A liner is used underneath the eyelet, due to the openness of the design. Lush silk or crepe fabrics pair nicely. Look for ribbon details that make the design pop even more. And one of our favorite designers, Carolina Herrera, is a pro with this fabric. Who could ask for more?


2 Comments so far

  1. bride-to-be December 14th, 2009

    Great looking gown. And as how you described the eyelet, it looks beautiful.

  2. kelley@myislandwedding January 14th, 2010

    this bride is just gorgeous! (and her new hubby of course)

    but a great shot and love the beach setting!!!

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