Couture fabrics are the type of luxury cloth produced for creating high fashion outfits. Manual work with meticulous attention to details, the application of the cutting edge machinery, luxury décor and sophisticated design set them in a special niche reserved for designer and special occasion dresses.
As follows from the definition, couture fabrics extremely variegate across such criteria as content, weave or design.
Completely subjected to fashion designers’ imagination, in fact, they are mostly the embellished versions of such well-known textiles as silk, cotton, linen, wool, lace, tulle, tweed and boucle.
Couture Fabric Types
As was stated above, the term “couture” recalls for high fashion standards, and says next to nothing about the way this or that couture fabric feels against your skin and what you should expect from it. To dot the i's and cross the t's, we have prepared the comprehensive list of couture fabric categories fashion designers go for this fashion season:
- Exclusive laces. This group is basically represented with laces embroidered with floral appliqués, corded guipure and luxurious Chantilly laces that can also be infused with metal.
- Feather fabrics. Tulle, silk georgette and fluffed lace fabrics can be a perfect pick for evening dresses with an art deco vibe.
- Luxury cashmere. Coming in various designs and blends, cashmere fabrics emanate the splendour of “soft gold” for such luxury clothing as coats, suits, jackets, sweaters, cardigans and ponchos.
- Couture beaded fabrics. Enchanting with its marvellous glitter, beaded Chantilly and corded laces, various tulle and silk fabrics make such elegant garments as dress overlays, intriguing decolletes and lots of other beautiful details.
- Exclusive silk fabrics. Silk has always been the fabric associated with luxury and high social rank. Not surprisingly, it is often embellished with Swarovski crystals, sequins, stripes, floral embroidery and laser-cut appliqués. These fabrics often feature the effects reflecting the latest technological achievements in a textile industry, such as dévoré or lamé effects, silvery plates and ribbon embroidery.
- Couture cotton and linen fabrics. Regardless of their popularity on the mass market, these two are no less favoured in the world of haute couture, represented with such fancy décor as satin stitch, eyelet or sequin embroidery, and hand-cut elements.
- High fashion silver and golden fabrics. At all times, precious metals applied on the attires of the powers-that-be demonstrated the wealth and social influence of the person. Even though the majority of monarchies have gone by this day, it is still deep inside of the human nature to feel the high respect for gold or silver applied on lace, tulle, silk chiffon and organza fabrics.
- Couture bridal dress fabrics. Just as haute couture outfits, bridal dresses are worn only once. Amazingly, this gives a true artistic freedom in a fabric design, as the only criteria such a flashy outfit should meet, is the design splendour. 3D floral appliqués, laser cuts, beaded trims, Swarovski crystals and even faux fur — couture bridal dresses are created to impress and take everyone’s breath away.
This list comprises the most flashy couture fabric options en-vogue this season, including the timelessly fashionable textiles, however, it obviously doesn’t pretend to be covering the whole scope of fabrics ever applied in high fashion.
The Leading Manufacturers
Given the impressive multiplicity of fabric types and the complexity of their designs, there's no surprise great expertise and advanced machinery are required in such production. That is why these fabrics are created by the brands, whose names speak volumes to any sewing aficionado:
- Jakob Schlaepfer (Switzerland)
- Forster Rohner (Switzerland)
- Ruffo Coli (Italy)
- Fair Lady (India)
- Sophie Hallette (France)
- Riechers Marescot (France)
- Solstiss (France)
- HOH (Austria)
- Etro (Italy)
- Aldo Bianchi (Italy)
- Scabal (Belgium)
At Tissura, you can buy online couture fabrics represented with hundreds of luxury textiles by the renowned European brands. They are regularly updated as soon as a manufacturer develops a new design so that you could always enjoy the cutting edge fashion trends.
Here are some images of the most alluring textiles from our couture fabric collection:
Metal-embroidered Chantilly lace fabric, 580.50 € (730.10 US$) per one running metre
Sequined wool gauze fabric, 2,463 € (3,096 US$) per one running metre
Embroidered tulle fabric, 1,225 € (1,540 US$) per one running metre
Sequined tinsel chiffon fabric, 875 € (1,100 US$) per one running metre