Georgette (fabric)

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1930 pink georgette evening gown
Desiree Lubovska in a dress by Jean Patou, c. 1921

Georgette (from crêpe Georgette) is a sheer, lightweight, dull-finished crêpe fabric named after the early 20th century French dressmaker Georgette de la Plante.[1][2]

Originally made from silk, Georgette is made with highly twisted yarns. Its characteristic crinkly surface is created by alternating S- and Z-twist yarns in both warp and weft.[1][3]

Georgette is made in solid colors and prints and is used for blouses, dresses, evening gowns, saris, and trimmings.[1] Georgette has a very light and drapey hand, rendering it best suited to loose flowing garments and inappropriate for more structured pieces. Silk georgette is relatively delicate, but varieties made with synthetic fibers can be more resilient to damage. The crepe style S- and Z- twist weave makes the fabric springier and less lustrous than the closely related chiffon.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Picken, Mary Brooks (1957). A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern. Courier Corporation. pp. 88. ISBN 9780486402949.
  2. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary's earliest citation is 1915.
  3. ^ a b Kadolph, Sara J. (2007). Textiles (10 ed.). Prentice Hall. pp. 230, 472. ISBN 9780131187696.