A lightweight fabric woven with a sativ weave, where the warp threads cross over three or more of the backing (weft) threads. The front side of the fabric has a satin finish - lustrous and reflective - whereas the back has a dull finish. Charmeuse wedding dresses are youthful and sexy, hugging the body and showing off curves.
A lightweight, semi-lustrous soft fabric, that is satin-like to the touch. It can be made of silk or a synthetic lookalike such as polyester. Silk charmeuse is more expensive and delicate, but is softer and a better insulator. Polyester charmeuse is cheaper and can often withstand machine washing, but doesn't breath as well as silk. Charmeuse differs from plain satin in that charmeuse is softer and lighter in weight. The luster and delicate hand make charmeuse suited to lingerie, flowing evening gowns, and drapey blouses. A number of destination wedding gowns are made from charmeuse. The fabric does not hold a shape well, so it is not used for full, flared skirts that are typically found in traditional wedding dresses. Charmeuse is best suited to a more fluid, slinky bias cut which is a common style for destination wedding gowns.