Style Glossary: Crêpe de Chine

Crêpe de Chine

Literally means "crepe of China" in French. A soft, lightweight, plainwoven fabric with a crinkled effect. It's produced either with all-silk warp and weft or with a silk warp and hard-spun worsted weft. Crêpe de chine textures of artificial silk are common these days and are often difficult to distinguish from true silk. French designer Madeleine Vionnet used crêpe de chine, a fabric that was unusual in women's fashion of the '20s and '30s.

This Mike & Chris Vinny Tank ($202) is made of 100 percent crêpe de chine silk. Doesn't it look super soft?


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