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Matte Sequins Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses that are made from matte sequin fabric, provide you with a wide variety of choices in adding a decorative flair to your formal wear. The sequins that are used in matte sequin fabrics are the primary components that provide a limitless variety of styles to choose from.

Historically, sequins were made from metals. The metals that were usually chosen as sequins were shimmery so as to add an ornamental factor that would stand out. It is rumored that Leonardo da Vinci drafted a sketch of a mechanical device that could be used to make sequins from a sheet of metal. However, the true nature of the purpose of da Vinci’s machine is not known only that during his lifetime, in the late 1400’s, the royal class was enamored with adding sequins to fabrics in order to accentuate their clothing. [Continue reading..]

Bridesmaid Dress Style 1233

Style 1233

However, the love of matte sequin fabric goes back almost 200 years prior to the Renaissance. At the beginning of the 20th century the discovery of King Tuts Tomb revealed formed small gold disks that were made by hand and decorated the clothing that Tut was buried in. This ceremonial lavish burial gown was used as a custom to make certain that the dead royalty would be recognized for their wealth in the afterlife. There was a more to sewing precious metals onto garments beside religious reasons, it also served as sign of affluence and warning against thieves.

The primary influence of how sequins are worn in clothing today is credited to women’s waistcoats from the Plimoth Plantation. This formal wear was reconstructed in 2009 and is on display in England at the Victoria and Albert museum. These coats gained their popularity in the late 1600’s and were worn by wealthy women of nobility. The reproduced jacket contains over 10,000 sequins, painstakingly stitched by hand using the same technique that was common during the 1600’s. During the 1920’s, shortly after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, similarly shaped round disks became one of the hottest trends in formal wear fashion especially amongst the flappers. When the electroplate gelatin process was discovered in the 1930’s, sequins made from metals were replaced by the lighter gelatin versions. There was a big problem with the new sequins, beside the fact that lead based paint was used in their color, was that the gelatin would breakdown from heat or moisture and resulted in missing sequins.

Several years after the gelatin sequins began to lose favor, a scientist who worked at the Eastman Kodak company developed a sequin made from cellulose acetate. These sequins looked great, didn’t melt, but would crack in the same way as glass. The design was finally perfected vinyl plastic was used to cover the sequins made from acetate. These sequins proved to be more an affordable and much stronger than its predecessor and were able to be dry cleaned or even a washing machine without falling off.

Even the King of Pop used decorated sequins in his performing attire and fans followed his lead. Michael Jackson performed his song “Billie Jean” and captivated over 47 million television viewers wearing his famous white rhinestone glove and a black sequin jacket. Today, matte sequin fabric comes in many different colors as well as sequins sized small to large, shimmery or dull, as well as other unique features that is exclusive to matte sequin fabric.

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