\ ˈfī(-ə)l \

Definition of faille 

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

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The crunchy taffeta and faille skirts, a hallmark of the house, are reinterpreted as silky palazzo pants or georgette ruffles, better made for lounging and dancing. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Her strapless fuchsia silk faille dress was a Calvin Klein by Appointment design by Raf Simons. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Rihanna Does Head-to-Toe Hot Pink As Only She Can," 15 Sep. 2018 Peau de soie, mikado, faille and lurex intarsia with shades of celadon blue and fruité red. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is the Biggest, Best Hair at Haute Couture Fashion Week," 5 July 2018 Through an exchange of sketches and ideas, the House settled upon bold stripes in silk faille, a nod to the Fall 2018 Finale ball skirts. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Waithe Wore a Pride Flag Cape for the Met Gala's Catholicism Theme," 8 May 2018 The elegant gown was made of over 400 yards of fabric, including ivory faille taffeta and 100 yards of silk net, which was then embellished with antique Brussels lace and seed pearls. Cady Lang, Time, "25 Classic Royal Wedding Dresses That Could Inspire Meghan Markle," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of faille

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faille

French, from Old French

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