Monday, May 14, 2012

Chiffon vs. Organza: What’s the Difference?

Since both chiffon and organza are used frequently in weddings, most brides are very familiar with the two materials. To the untrained eye, chiffon and organza look quite similar—however, there are several distinct differences between the two.

Both chiffon and organza are soft and delicate fabrics, which makes them very popular in bridal attire. Chiffon is machine-woven from either silk or synthetic fibers like nylon. It is soft and sheer, and flows more easily. Its ethereal quality makes it perfect for gowns, sleeves, overskirts, and layered wraps. Organza, on the other hand, is a stiffer fabric. Also woven from silk or synthetic fibers, its luxurious and lightweight hand makes it perfect as a sheer fabric for top layers or inserts. It does not flow as well, but is best for layered gowns, veils, trains, and layered skirts. Unlike chiffon, organza is matte in appearance.

Both fabrics wear well, which makes them great for bridal wear. Chiffon, in particular, is the perfect option for summer brides who want to have an outdoor wedding. Although organza is often used as a feminine top layer for wedding dresses, it can also be used to provide structure to a bodice. Organza provides both appearance and function, whereas chiffon is primarily used merely for the appeal.

Hope I provided you with some useful information!


Bridal Bee