Beyond the Trend: Spring Satin

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With fluidity and shine, satin brings a relaxed elegance to spring fashion. Designers recognized this on their catwalks, including silky pieces in their Spring/Summer 2019 collections. Satin was considered a luxurious textile long before the current fashion cycle, originating in China over 2,000 years ago, when it was worn by the upper classes. Silk satin was (and still is) an expensive textile to manufacture, so only the wealthy could afford to wear it. Centuries later, in the late 1800s, satin became popular for undergarments and slips because of its smooth texture. This was also the origin of satin being tied to seductive, lingerie-inspired fashions. Satin then became the formal textile of the 1930s with Old Hollywood starlets preferring slinky, bias cut satin dresses to show off their feminine figures. The development of synthetic fabrics around this time also made satin more affordable, brining it to mainstream fashion. Since then, satin has transcended beyond a seasonal trend and become a wardrobe staple. Click through to see how satin has made its mark as a spring fashion favorite throughout time.

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