Know Your Terms: Grosgrain

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.

Made almost exclusively of silk these days, and applied to garments in ribbons, grosgrain is a plain weave fabric with a ribbed appearance (resulting from warp woven against a heavier weft). Historically only made in black, grosgrain (from the French, meaning “fat fabric”) is now most famously used as the trim on a fedora or the lapels on a tuxedo.

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  1. Barrett says:

    As a costumer for film and television I find your “Know Your Terms” posts tremendously informative and entertaining. I frequently re-post the ones that I think are relevant to our industry (almost all) on my Facebook page. Keep up the great work!

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