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Posted on: 11/19/04 1:58 PM
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I found this "Glossary" of the different things, which i hope helps anyone that needs them.
Bateau or Sabrina - Follows collarbone from shoulder to shoulder

Halter - Straps go around to back of neck

Off-the-Shoulder - Gown sits just below shoulder line and is held up by bodice

Portrait - Wide scoop that sits just on shoulder bone

Scoop - Wide "U" shape

Spaghetti Straps - Thin straps that go over shoulders

Square - Self explanatory

Strapless - No straps, gown is kept up by bodice

Sweetheart - Heart shaped

T-Shirt or Jewel - Round like a T-shirt

V-Neck - Shaped like a "V"


Batiste - Semi-transparent fabric

Brocade - Heavy material with a pattern

Chiffon - Lightweight, flowing sheer fabric

Crepe - Lightweight porous-like fabric

Damask - Medium weight patterned fabric

Duchess Satin - Hybrid of silk and polyester

Dupioni - Thick coarse looking silk

Gazar - Criss cross weaved fabric,linen-like

Illusion - Semi-transparent fabric similar to organza

Organdy - Stiffer transparent fabric

Organza - Sheer fabric similar to tulle but more tightly woven

Polyester - Man made fabric often blended with silks or made to mimic a certain type of fabric

Rayon - Similar to polyester but more elastic

Satin - Smooth textured fabric very common in wedding gowns. Comes in Silk or Polyester

Shantung - Rough textured fabric with lines and "nubs". Comes in Silk or Polyester

Silk - A soft and fine fabric that comes in a variety of finishes such as shantung or satin

Silk Mikado - A type of blended silk that is heavier than regular silk

Taffeta - Crisp, rustling fabric

Tulle - Stiff netting similar to organza but stiffer and coarser

2Piece - Separate skirt and top. This may apply to any of the silhoutees below

A-line - Fitted bodice with slight flare starting at the waist or higher and going to the floor

Ball Gown - Traditional full skirt and fitted bodice

Mermaid - Sheath gown to the knees and then a flare out

Sheath - Tube shaped gown following the contours of the body

Basque - Waistline dips below natural waist forming a "V" in the center

Dropped - Waistline dips below natural waistline and sits more on hips

Empire - High waistline just under bust

None - Many gowns especially a-lines have no defined waist

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Danvillegirl said... (11/20/04 6:25 AM) Reply
Neckline definitions helped visualize some of the shapes. Thanks.
Lilibet said... (11/20/04 1:35 AM) Reply
Thank you for this list. Lots of these terms I have seen but have not known the exact meaning. Very helpful.
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