\ˈtwäl \

Definition of toile 

1 : any of many plain or simple twill weave fabrics especially : linen

2 : a mock-up model of a garment

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The inside spread features everything from a Louis Vuitton sequin dress to a tulle and silk toile gown by Dior. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Covers September Issue of “Vogue” Shot by Tyler Mitchell," 6 Aug. 2018 Last month, Meghan made an appearance at the nuptials of Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale wearing a white long-sleeve Oscar de la Renta dress decorated with a cornflower blue floral toile print. Jillian Ruffo,, "Selena Gomez Borrows from Meghan Markle's Wardrobe in the Sexy Version of Her Wedding Guest Dress," 2 July 2018 Attending the nuptials of Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale in Lincolnshire on Sunday, Meghan wore a blue-and-white toile print dress from Oscar de la Renta’s Resort 2019 collection. Monique Jessen,, "It's a Royal Wedding Recycle! Meghan Markle Rewore Her Wedding Shoes with $40 Fascinator," 18 June 2018 Sketches, photographs and fabric samples contextualize the garments and patterns, and x-rays, toiles and film are used to reveal details in their construction and making. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 29 May 2018 The Corrells' used pink toile to create a girly space for one daughter. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "A dramatic home makeover to inspire you," 6 Apr. 2018 Emily carried the greens and blues upstairs, complementing the existing green bed in the former master bedroom with a turquoise toile roman shade and an armchair covered in a linear geometric print. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Redesigning a vacation home for family gatherings and the retirement years," 30 Mar. 2018 That these clothes were made in the tradition of haute couture — special fabrics, cut on the round, sewn by hand, fitted painstakingly in toiles, molded on the body, pressed with hot irons — was implicit in every garment. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Clare Waight Keller’s astonishing haute-couture debut was 25 years in the making.," 18 Feb. 2018 Timorous Beasties, 384 Great Western Rd., West End, 337-2622; Irreverent textiles and wallpapers are a specialty, including trippy toiles and over-thetop velvets. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Glasgow and Edinburgh," 3 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of toile

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toile

French, cloth, linen, from Middle French

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