Lace: Handmade or machine-made, lace, without question, is a timeless choice. It is ultra-romantic and feminine and sure to lend a polished elegance. Designers often embellish this classy fabric with flowers, sequins, beads or pearls. There are a few types of lace worth mentioning here.
Chantilly Lace: This kind of lace is a luxurious french lace that is a wonderfully fine material and has been admired for centuries. It often has a delicate floral pattern and looks exquisite.
Alençon Lace: It is an Italian lace that has a thicker and bolder pattern. This lace features a heavier silky cord that creates a raised print on its sheer net background. It works wonderfully combined with other fabrics.
Guipure Lace is heavy, woven lace that has become so popular in the past years. You will definitely make a fashion statement if you choose a formal dress made of this lace. Remember, such dress is a statement on this own, so do not over-accessorize.
Linen: Made of flax fibre, this natural material is often used for more casual-looking dress designs. Be aware, linen dresses wrinkle easily and are pretty tricky to pack. We strongly advise using professional dry cleaning services to prepare those dresses for events.
Organza: This crisp, lightweight fabric can be made of silk, nylon, or polyester fibres. It works so well in formal dresses for skirts that flow spectacularly. Organza is also widely used for wedding dresses.
Satin: This beautiful, super smooth fabric is made of natural or synthetic fibres in a tight weave, creating its opulent shine. It is broadly available in silk, polyester, acetate and rayon. Similar to organza, fashion designers love to work with it for bridal gowns.
Shantung – very haute couture! Shantung is a type of silk plain weave fabric. It is medium-weight and can be in silk or polyester with a nub feel and textured effect.
Silk: There are quite a few variations of silk. At Papilio, our designers love to use Shantung silk, mentioned above. Its heavier and thicker texture gives formal dresses a genuinely chic look and a great silhouette.
Taffeta: It has been trendy for wedding and formal dresses for a long time. Nowadays, designers prefer to use only some elements of design made of taffeta. It adds stiffness and structure to full skirts on dresses.
Tulle is a very light, transparent and delicate mesh material often layered to make a formal dress. It is also used to create an illusion bodice of a dress. At Papilio, we use only soft tulle that feels nice, does not itch, and looks airy and romantic.
Velvet: This woven fabric is quite hot and suitable to wear during Fall and Winter. Fashion for Velvet is back, and velvet dresses have an elegant, smashing look.