: a somewhat shiny closely woven silk, rayon, or cotton fabric characterized by slight ribs in the weft

Examples of faille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inspiration resulted in Rogers designing a black-and-white fitted top and ballgown skirt with a train, made of silk faille, moire, and taffeta with Swarovski-crystal buttons. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 2 May 2022 The Being the Ricardos nominee exuded old-Hollywood glamour in a Giorgio Armani Privé custom strapless column gown of light blue silk faille with a voluminous peplum that tied in an exaggerated bow and a train embellished with gold crystals. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2022 Crafted in the punchiest yellow silk faille possible and detailed with ruffles across its skirt and bodice, the dress was regal and unapologetically upbeat. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2021 The ensemble comprised of a navy, cashmere fitted jacket and skirt in washed red silk faille with a gilded dove of peace brooch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Jan. 2021 Not taste in the old highfalutin’ definition of the word, as a kind of elite aesthetic judgment woven in brocade and silk faille and passed down from on high, but rather taste in community, attitude, achievement. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 The strapless, pale green faille jumpsuit was accessorized with a series of silver jewelry by Lynn Ban, and handpainted, temporary butterfly tattoos by Anna Bernabe across his chest, arms and back. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2020 The silk faille of the gown, designer Fernando Garcia explains, comes from the Taroni mill, which won the sustainable producer award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in 2017. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 3 Aug. 2019 Think cascading flowers, full skirts and bodices of pleated tulle ruffles that feel light as air, and a softer take on gowns that in the past may have been done in a heftier silk faille. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2017

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Word History


French, from Old French

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of faille was in 1869

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“Faille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faille. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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