In addition to adding fashion and flair to any garment, an element of fringe (trim) adds a fun, festive look to clothing. Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of an item (clothing, drapes, flags, etc.).
Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling.
In the realm of fashion, fringe is a popular trend on the runway! Always stylish and in.
Fringe Fun Fact: In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen or narrow strips of leather. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
We often hear the term “runway” and “catwalk” when it comes to haute couture clothing, world wide fashion weeks, fashion shows, etc. So, for all fashion divas, what exactly does it mean when one refers to a runway show, strutting the catwalk, etc.?
Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: In fashion, a runway, catwalk or ramp is a narrow, usually flat platform that runs into an auditorium or between sections of an outdoor seating area, used by models to demonstrate clothing and accessories during a fashion show. In fashion jargon, ‘what’s on the catwalk?’ or similar phrasing can refer to whatever is new and popular in fashion.
So, when displayed on the runway or catwalk, fringe is always in and a sure number one win!
There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringe were clearly defined in England by at least the year 1688.
Popular Types of Fringe:
- Buillon Fringe: Twisted yarn that generally contains threads of silver and gold. The name derives from bullion hose, which had a twisted element at the top that resembled this type of fringe. Modern buillon fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.
- Campaign Fringe: From the French word campane (meaning “bell”), consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
- Thread Fringe: Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.
Fashionable fringe to step out in!
Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: Although fringe clothing is always glammed up, never basic, a runway could be as basic as a narrow space between rows of chairs or a more elaborate set up with multiple catwalks.
Most runway shows are held indoors, for shelter against the weather, but there are times when runway shows are held outdoors. In the 2016 Paris Fashion Week, Chanel presented an elaborate setup by designing the hall as if it were an airport. The viewing guests sat as if they were awaiting their flights, while the models walked around the airport approaching ticket counters.
Get a first-class ticket to some of the loveliest clothes on the market. Purchase fringe garments and let the fringe swing and sway while you walk it!
Fringe clothing works splendidly for day or night dress. Always look your fashion best!
Fringe clothing gives off an appeal of fine elegance and downhome country chic all in one! Whether you dress in fringe for the flared effect of it, or for the casual, fun, youthful look of it, when dressed in fringe you’ll always look hip and in!
Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: When a model scores an exclusive for a fashion label, it means the model has been selected to walk for that particular designer only. An exclusive contract often launches a model’s career and elevates their status in the fashion industry, guaranteeing them spots on the world’s best catwalks.
Strut yourself down the runway of life in fun, festive, flappable fringe!
Say no more, fringe dresses, skirts, pantsuits and accessories to adore!
Love the fringe that you’re dolled up in!
Fringe: Always a high fashion hit on the runway!
“I normally go for an office, business type of clothing look.”
“Why not change it up a bit and wear fancy fringe? You’ll get hooked.”
“Fringe garments do look elegant and chic when the fringe swings and sways.”
“Fringe dress works for all events, fun when the tassels move every which way.”
“I wonder if my fringe attire will make it look like I’m dressing for a club?”
“And you care why? Dress to suit your personal taste, make your closet a fashion hub!”
Fringe: Delicate, flapping tassels make the clothing fun and flashy to wear. If the fringe adds a party or club look to your stylish clothes, oh fashion diva, wear it if you dare!
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