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The Ladies' Home Journal

September 1893

The New Colors and Materials

Author: Emma M. Hooper

Section IV: Novelties in Silk Fabrics

Silks will retain their foremost place for gowns, waists and trimmings. Black silks will be more worn than they have in years, but in bengaline or satin weaves, as satin duchesse, merveilleux, satin de Lyon, satin antique, peau de soie, Rhadames and poult de soie, plain and crystal bengalines. Black and colored satin will be especially stylish for trimmings. Fancies in moire' antique are rare and expensive but are to be had; moires' never go out of style in Paris, but rise and fall here too frequently to suit retail or economical buyers. Figured brocades having small designs will be good for house costumes and combinations; this applies only to black, as the fashionable colored silk is of the changeable effect. Heavy black surahs are always in demand, as they wear better than any other medium-priced silk, though the silk for the season has a satin surface. Gros-grain and frailles are out of the race, though there is a tendency among the manufacturers to revive the latter if they can. Color satin changeables show two colors only or ombre effects, which shade from deep to light effects across the fabric, sometimes including three or four colors softly blended together. Taffetas and surahs in changeable effects are a craze. They may be shot, in dot or striped effects, small figures or glace', but two or more colors must show. These fabrics are variously known as iridescent, glace', luminous, electric, rainbow, Loie Fuller, changeable, incandescent, etc., but all mean the same. Silk vestings for the flat vests are of the large, corded benaline, dotted or striped.

Click on this article's sections to view:

 Article Intro

 Names for the New Colors

 Combining the Shades

 Novelties in Dress Goods

 Novelties in Silk Fabrics

 Velvets and Velveteens

 Use of Combinations

 The First Fall Gown


Bibliographical Information:

Hooper, Emma M. "The New Colors and Materials", The Ladies' Home Journal, Vol. X, No. 10, September 1893, p. 18.

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