It's no secret that I love shiny things (tiaras, anyone?), but sometimes the shiny comes directly from the fabric, and that is a whole different kind of special.
|my new (untrimmed) shot silk regency dress|
Of course, silk is still an expensive fabric choice--especially for a large garment like a ballgown. Luckily, modern technology means there are some really nice synthetic versions on the market. My new dress (stay tuned, post coming later this week!) is shot synthetic fabric, but it's rustly and shimmery and totally satisfying. I really recommend keeping an eye out for it!
Here are some lovely examples of shot silk in the 19th century. Hooray for shiny!
|red/blue shot pelisse, 1809 (V&A Museum)|
|silver/blue shot dress, 1810-13 (Australian Dress Register)|
|brown/gold shot, 1830 (LACMA)|
|blue shot, afternoon dress c.1849 (FIT)|
|striped and shot ballgown, 1865 (Met Museum)|