Burnout Velvet – I love you!

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?

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22 Responses to Burnout Velvet – I love you!

  1. mary jo
    October 24, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Love the dress Heather! It’s so flattering and drapes in such a lovely way! And the color is gorgeous too! So perfect for a fall event, hope you get lots of wear out of it!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks Mary Jo! I think I will get a lot of wear out of it, or at least as much as any of my dressy dresses. It seems like I have more dresses than fun places to attend. Sigh.

  2. Alexis of NorthOnHarper October 24, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Burnt out Velvet is one of my favorites as well… It always feels unique and vintage-y …… you look amazing and I absolutely think you found the perfect dress!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks so much Alexis. I’m so glad you feel it’s perfect!

  3. Stacey - Total City Girl
    October 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I don’t have anything like that but it looks good on you! Betsy Johnson is so much fun, isn’t she?!?
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    • Heather Fonseca October 26, 2011 at 6:53 am #

      I’ve been wearing Betsey Johnson since I was a teenager, and her clothes still look good on me, though most of them have been too short for me for a while. Now that longer length dresses are coming back “in” I’m thinking about heading to her store to see what’s there. I love her color sense and the sexy playfulness of her designs.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    In general love velvet in doses, but this dress is very pretty, a romantic style that looks great on you. I love these photos, especially with the jacket pairing! 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca October 26, 2011 at 6:51 am #

      Thank you I’m so glad you like it! I don’t know what was harder to find, the dress or the perfect jacket to go with the dress!

  5. Dress Code: High Fashion
    October 26, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    You look so lovely in the second picture!

    The dress is nice, nice and you and works.

    For myself, I`m totally over velvet – it reminds me of my teenage-goth-years and burn-out velvet is “90s”.

    I adore red & green velvet blazers for the holidays but otherwise I feel that I can`t pull off velvet because it makes me look chubbier than I am… :/

    • Heather Fonseca October 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      I know I remembered burn out velvet from the 90’s! It’ll all come back in vogue eventually…
      I’m so glad you like the dress, and velvet is not always the most slimming I agree.

  6. Paula October 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I love velvet–any kind. Sort of hard to work with unless its the cotton kind. but I like the rayon, silky kind. Love the dress! And look at you with a living room like a fashion shoot!
    Thought of you last night–watching Mad Fashion and he did some full size Barbie outfits….lol
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    • Heather Fonseca October 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes velvet. It hasn’t been popular for a while but I have a feeling that will be changing.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I love the backdrop! You look like pure class.
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  8. Lee Oliveira October 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Love this dress on you Heather. So chic and the this colour on you is gorgeous.

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  9. SACRAMENTO October 30, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    You are sooooooooo beautiful. Love the dress too.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 30, 2011 at 9:26 am #

      Thank you my dear! Looks like you’re back from you trip. I’ll have to go check out your new post.

  10. Arash Mazinani
    October 31, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    I love the colours of the dress, the velvet is really luxe as well x
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  11. Jessie in Fashion Limbo October 31, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    Stunning pictures Heather, you and your husband did a fantastic job. the dress is absolutely gorgeous and you look lovely in it. I use to have a favourite dress when I was 15 and it was in this fabric. I remember buying it from a small store in a mall, and loved it and wore it until it fell to pieces.
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