Velvet – traditionally the fabric of nobility - is making a welcome come back for Christmas and the winter season.
Velvet has always been a revered fabric. Indeed King Richard ll of England in 1399 directed in his Will that his body should be clothed in velveto. And the earliest sources of European artistic velvets were in Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. However, the art of making it was subsequently taken up by Flemish weavers and then in the 16th century Bruges attained a reputation for velvets comparable to the great Italian cities.
Velvet still retains an allure, attributed to both its history and its tactile nature – soft and luxurious. Traditionally velvet was woven on a special loom that weaved two thicknesses of velvet at the same time. The two pieces were then cut apart to create the soft pile effect.
Georgedé, the Paris-based fashion house, has reintroduced velvet to its winter collection. It uses a velvet that is more similar to silk velvet than its slightly less tactile cotton counterpart and works particularly well with prints and colours. It has produced a capsule range from velvet for its Fall and Winter collection in blue, purple or black.
There are two dresses in the velvet collection: one knee length and the other full length.
Full Length Velvet Dress
The full length dress has a V-shaped neckline and three quarter length sleeves. The slight gathering across the waist forms the apex from which the dress falls into a wrap which is edged with lace and embroidery, as is the hem.
The Velvet with embroidery dress retails at about £269 and is available in sizes 12 to 26. Stockists: 0207 636 9140. Colours: Black, Royal Blue and Purple
Knee Length Velvet Dress
The knee length dress has a higher cut neck line than its full length counterpart and the dress is gathered at the midriff from which the skirt element flows. Flatteringly cut to the knee the dress is the perfect cocktail or Christmas day outfit.
The Velvet with embroidery dress retails at about £265 and is available in sizes 12 to 26. Stockists: 0207 636 9140. Colours: Black, Royal Blue and Purple