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Wedding Dress Fabric Glossary

From chiffon to voile, learn the ABCs of choosing the material that suits your Big Day style. 

Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

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Made from any number of fibers including silk, nylon, or rayon, satin is actually a type of weave (like organza) and gets its high even sheen from the way in which fibers are woven together. Due to their similar appearances, it's often confused with sateen, which is made from cotton instead of silk or manmade fibers. There are a number of different styles of satin fabrics that are popular for wedding dresses including peau de soie (heavy, good for draping, and has more of a matte "delustered" finish) and charmeuse (lighter and softer to the touch). Satin does crease easily so keep a steamer available.

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