The Ultimate Guide to Adrianna Papell, Aidan and Aidan Mattox Fabrics

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Knowing the various kinds of textiles can make selecting your dress, jumpsuit or top easier. Our fabric guide is here to help you with your fabric selection – from beaded mesh to Mikado so you can best determine the mood you want to create. Here, we curated a glossary of our most beloved fabrics so you can confidently dress and feel confident and your most beautiful. 

 Beaded Mesh


  • Chic and dramatic with beautiful drape 
  • Touch & Feel: Known for its sheer background, lightness and stretch.  
  • The Vibe: Get ready to make an entrance in this statement-making fabric  
  • So Interesting: Our beaded dresses are expertly handcrafted and meticulously embellished with hundreds of stunning (and sparkling) beads.  
  • STRETCH FACTOR:  

Chiffon


  • Touch & Feel: Similar to silk, sheer and flowy 
  • The Vibe: Gauzy like texture 
  • STRETCH FACTOR: Non stretch 

Jacquard


Stylish, elegant and structured; tends to be stronger and thicker than other types of weave fabrics.

Touch & Feel: A satin woven textured fabric though sometimes the pattern is so delicate you can barely feel it under your finger. The weight of the fabric runs the gamut from lightweight to heavy, with an intricate pattern woven into it, resembling embroidery. Extremely stretchy. 
The Vibe: Beautifully tailored to highlight your shape. Feels cool and comfortable next to the skin and so versatile you can wear it in any season. 
So Interesting: Jacquard weaving has its origins dating back to sixth-century Italian brocade.
STRETCH FACTOR:  

Jersey


  • Plain, stretch knit. Light to medium weight knit fabric known to be stretch, soft and easy to wear. Jersey fabric is also opaque due to its knitted construction, which draws the fibers closer together and prevents light from passing through.
    Touch & Feel: Plain, stretch knit in printed or foiled fabrics. Skims and drapes beautifully on the body. A wardrobe go-to style because of its versatility. On vacation, out to dinner, at a concert or at the office. Loved for its comfort due to its smooth texture and extremely soft feel.
    The Vibe: Feels like you’re slipping on the most-comfortable item in your closet but with the tailoring of a well-made dress. You will turn to this fabric over and over and can wear anywhere you day takes you.
    Stretch Factor: Extremely comfortable with great stretch recovery thanks to the knitting technique, even without adding synthetic fibers like elastane or spandex.
    So Interesting:  Coco Chanel is credited with introducing the fabric to the women’s business in 1916 by creating jersey dresses and coats.

Matelassé


  • Touch & Feel: Printed knitted jacquard with a textured surface 
  • The Vibe: Molds to the body; provides comfort and mobility 
  • STRETCH FACTOR:  

Metallic Crinkle Mesh


    • Touch & Feel: Vertical crinkle solid, printed or foiled fabric with metallic yarns knitted throughout 
    • The Vibe: Figure slimming; light and airy with easy mobility 
    • STRETCH FACTOR: ??? 

Metallic Knit


  • Touch & Feel: A sparkly knit fabric that is comfortable allows you to move with ease 
  • The Vibe: Molds to the body for a close fit 
  • STRETCH FACTOR:  

Mikado


    • A twill fabric with shine that is lustrous.
      Touch & Feel: Slightly grainy on the surface, yet shiny and bright.
      The Vibe: Beautifully tailored to highlight your feminine shape. Gives a more structured look that holds its shape and is an excellent choice for formal events because of its high-shine finish that gives it a glamorous look. Perfect for fit-and-flare, trumpet or A-line silhouettes.
      So Interesting: Megan Markle walked down the aisle in a stylish, yet simple Mikado gown.
      STRETCH FACTOR:  Non stretch

Stretch Crepe


  • Light to medium weight and soft and comfortable.
    Touch & Feel: Multiple textures with stretch that range from smooth and fine to rough and rugged.
    The Vibe: Molds easily to the body. Gives a slimming appearance and has a graceful drape. An ideal choice for parties or formal events. Also good for day dress because they require little to no ironing.
    Stretch Factor: Provides ease and comfort for the wearer. Incredibly stretchy and can stretch both in width and length.
    So Interesting: Crepe comes from the French word, which means small, thin pancake.

Satin


    • Touch & Feel: Soft, drapey luxurious fabric with a lightweight.
      The Vibe: Comes textured, hammered or printed; Bridal satin is heavier and has more body.
      STRETCH FACTOR: Non stretch.

Satin Crepe


    • Touch & Feel: Soft, drapey luxurious fabric with a medium weight 
    • The Vibe: Double sided with shine on one side and matt texture on the other 
    • STRETCH FACTOR: Non stretch.

Stretch Chiffon


      • Touch & Feel: More opaque than chiffon.
      • The Vibe: Drapes beautifully to enhance your shape 
      • STRETCH FACTOR: Has stretch 

Stretch Jacquard


      • Touch & Feel:  
      • The Vibe: Form fitting but eased with stretch 
      • STRETCH FACTOR: Stretch.

Stretch Mikado


      • A stretch twill fabric with shine that is lustrous.
        Touch & Feel: Slightly grainy on the surface, yet shiny and bright.
        The Vibe: Beautifully tailored to highlight your feminine shape. Gives a more structured look that holds its shape and is an excellent choice for formal events because of its high-shine finish that gives it a glamorous look. Perfect for fit-and-flare, trumpet or A-line silhouettes.
        So Interesting: Megan Markle walked down the aisle in a stylish, yet simple Mikado gown.
        STRETCH FACTOR:  Similar to Mikado, but with more ease.

Stretch Taffeta


        • Touch & Feel: Fine, plain weave with smooth surface and subtle sheen.
        • The Vibe: Molds easily the to the body; Creates full and more dramatic shape.
        • STRETCH FACTOR: Stretch may vary by style; see stretch scale on product page.

Stretch Velvet


        • Touch & Feel: Subtle shine and soft to the touch.
        • The Vibe: Super drapey and luxurious.
        • STRETCH FACTOR: Molds to the body with great stretch recovery.

Taffeta


          • Touch & Feel: Fine, plain weave with smooth surface and subtle sheen.
          • The Vibe: Creates full and more dramatic shape.
          • STRETCH FACTOR: Non stretch.

We obsess comfort and fit to ensure you look as good as you feel. All of our fabrics have unique attributes when it comes to style, seasonality and comfort and we have lots of options to choose from.  

Reviews


At Adrianna Papell, we obsess over fabrics that not only look good but are comfortable and easy-to-wear. Asides from our brilliant design, we believe the beauty of our garments is largely dependent on the quality of our fabric. Our beautiful, luxurious and supple fabrics are only the beginning of each and every one of our amazing creations, but we think are just as important as our great design. We think about the way the dress moves and we use fabrics that you can wear over and over.

“Great fitting and just fabulous design,fabric and comfort.”
— Steph P.

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