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Peau de Soie Fabric ("POH-dih-Swah")

Peau de Soie is also known as Duchess Satin. French for 'skin of silk,' Peau de Soie is a stout, soft silk with find cross ribs. A medium weight fabric with satiny finish, it looks like Charmeause, but Peau de Soie has a moderately stuff drape. Used in evening wear, bridal gowns, and elegant dresses, Peau de Soie sews easily, but often leaves pin and needle marks.

This is a traditional fabric for wedding dresses that is also used for bridesmaid gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and elegant cocktail suits. The dull luster is more flattering to most body shapes and sizes than high-luster satins. Polyester delustered satin is more forgiving than silk satins. Polyester Peau de Soie doesn't water spot as easily. 
Allure Bridal Gown 8770 (left) and Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress D539 (left) are both made from Peau de Soie.  

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