Taffeta Wedding Dress

Taffeta, from the Persian ‘tafta’ meaning ‘spun’ or ‘woven’, is a crisp, smooth silk derivative fabric made from a blend of silk and synthetic fibres that has seen a resurgence in popularity in wedding fashion in recent years.

The material is made using a highly twisted yarn, which is what gives taffeta its crispness, subtle sheen and distinctive rustling sound when it moves.

Taffeta is sometimes compared to satin, but the main differences are that the former is a lighter material that has more body, making for a stiffer fabric that is useful in creating structure.

It is unsurprising, then, that A-line and natural waist wedding dress styles feature taffeta more than any other style thanks to the structure it can give to a skirt. Wtoo Brides - Watters A-Line ‘Chase’ wedding gown with a sweep train is classic bridal simplicity elevated, with a silky taffeta skirt that lends to dramatic movement with every step.

However, taffeta does work for many other wedding dress styles. Enzoani have created an extremely flattering number in this mermaid silhouette gown; silky taffeta is asymmetrically draped, complemented by a v-neck lace bodice and cap sleeves, ticking all the boxes when it comes to flattering the figure.

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Shantung is a plain weave raw silk fabric, popular in wedding dresses, that was historically first manufactured in the Shandong province of China from which the source raw silk originates.

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