Mmmm….burnout velvet, oh how I love it. This wildly romantic fabric was quite popular in the early 1990’s, but I haven’t seen a whole lot of it since then, except in shawls. Burnout, or dévorer, is a textile that looks as if a pattern of shiny velvet has somehow been printed on chiffon, but in fact it’s the other way around. A caustic substance is placed on the velvet following the lines of a pattern. It then dissolves the pile in those areas, creating the sheer part of the fabric. If you find burnout velvet intriguing check out this interesting article on the history of the textile: Exploring Devore – an article on the history of the fabric.
After a frantic three-day search, and trying on at least forty or fifty different gowns, the Quest for The Dress was successful. I felt sexy, feminine and romantic in this pretty little frock. (And my husband loved it!)
My husband took these photos in our front room against a large piece of red fabric. I liked the dress before I saw the photos, but I really loved it afterwards. For the wedding I paired it with a short velvet jacket, a sparkly bracelet and a little clutch decorated with mother-of-pearl squares.
Dress – Betsey Johnson
Bracelet – Anthropology
Shoes – Nine West
Purse – a gift
Do you like burnout velvet? Do you have anything made in this fabric?