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Definition of faille

: 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 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, "Lady Gaga Wears Schiaparelli Haute Couture to the Biden–Harris Inauguration," 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, "Kanye West Returns to Paris Fashion Week," 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, "Billy Porter Breaks Down His 'Fashion Gumby Butterfly Realness' Look From the Critics' Choice Awards," 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, "Inside Amanda Hearst and Joachim Rønning's Stunning Hearst Castle Wedding," 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, "Under the Label: Behind the Scenes of Oscar De La Renta's Spring 2018 Bridal Collection," 21 Apr. 2017 For the 2018 Costume Institute gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gordon worked with actor and TV writer Lena Waithe to design a custom silk-faille rainbow cape, a nod to gay pride at the Catholic-themed exhibition and event. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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29 Jan 2021

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“Faille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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