The fabrics of the wedding dress

I am Alexandra, founder of the brand Alexandra Barbey Couture, Stylist of the house. I would like to share with you and answer this great question that you may face.


You should know that the choice of fabric for the wedding dress is very important. it is he who will define the shape: more or less fluid, a more or less light fall, the look we want and much more. The seasons also play on the choice of fabrics, if the wedding takes place in winter we will favor more rich materials such as duchess satins, wild silk or even very smooth silk velvet, while in fine weather materials light and fluid are in the spotlight: silk satins, light and delicate lace, embroidered tulle, all these natural fibers are perfectly suited.


Silk is a luxury fabric with many properties, it can be warm or cool, light or heavy, its nature is flexible and fluid. The silk offers a supple and lustrous touch of great finesse. Silk is synonymous with elegance and femininity.

There are different silk materials: silk crepe, chiffon, silk organza, silk satin, silk brocade …

Silk satin is a very soft and supple fabric, a matt side and a shiny side to be used according to one’s tastes. Silk satin is also a perfect lining.

The Georgette silk crepe, thinner than the Chinese crepe, perfect for making dresses, blouses and drapes with fluidity and exceptional drape.

Less known the Moroccan silk crepe, it is heavy and very marked, ideally used for very beautiful drapes, dresses, flared and draped skirts.

Organza, is a fabric that is both transparent and rigid, it lends itself perfectly to luxury linings for light fabrics.


Matt and shiny, smooth and soft, it is a luxurious, majestic and timeless fabric. The fashion house does not deny it and uses and abuses it. Satin can be used for several forms of dress. Combined with other fabrics, it is perfect for all dresses to which it gives a sophisticated touch.


A fabric that is both fine, crisp and lustrous. very luxurious and used for structured dresses. Its crisp effect also makes it possible to obtain very beautiful drapes, pleats and bubbled effects.



The Mikado is a thick fabric with a shiny appearance and a slight relief. Very used for very structured dresses with pure lines. It can be used for a total look or else be combined with other materials such as satin, tulle for example.


A very fine and openwork fabric in silk, cotton or synthetic fibers (polyamide, viscose). The most beautiful are made by hand, bobbin or needle. most are now made using lace looms. expensive and luxurious, it is particularly popular in haute couture workshops.

Calais lace, it is both fine and resistant.

Chantilly lace most often represents very fine floral patterns. It is widely used in haute couture, it is a very delicate lace.


The guipure has no background, the patterns hold to each other by embroidery threads. Thicker and heavier than lace, it can be used to garnish certain pieces of the dress or even make the entire dress.


chiffon is a very thin and very light fabric. its transparent side allows you to play on the overlay by keys or total, it can be used for very feminine cuts. Favorite fabric for haute couture houses.




The tulle is very light and transparent which gives an airy and vaporous aspect especially if it is veil of tulle or better still silk tulle. This kind of fabric is mainly used for the veils of the brides but also more and more in superposition of dress such the bottom of the skirt for example.



It is an embroidery in relief which is executed on a fine fabric with tight stitch. the plumetis stands out for its lightness, delicacy and refinement.




A very brief summary on the fabrics that can exist because we must not forget the artificial, synthetic and mixed fabrics. I chose to share with you the natural fabrics because these are the emblematic materials used by the fashion house Alexandra Barbey Couture, these are my favorite fabrics.