SILK and LACE
Dating back to 2640 BC, silk is one the oldest, and most valued textiles of our time. Derived from the highly coveted silk worm, a great deal of care and attention goes into their short 25-28 day life span. In its truest form, silk worms are fed a diet exclusively made up of mulberry leaves, increasing their body weight 10,000 times before they molt into their final silk cocoon. Once unwound, a silk cocoon can boast a continuous thread as long as 0.75 miles- only a fraction of the 1,000 miles of thread required to produce one pound of silk. Today, silk remains one of the most sought after materials in the world maintaining its reputation as one of the most luxurious fabrics. Daphne is committed to using the finest silk for all her pieces, and carefully selects her suppliers only after she personally meets them, and has the opportunity to sample the fabric for herself. All of her veils are made from the highest quality pure silk tulle, from Italy and France, a fabric some designers shy away from due to its higher cost and delicate features.
Equally important to the designs of Daphne Newman, is the lace and the unique journey that accompanies it. Although it is hard to say for sure, the first area in Europe to be associated with lace was Venice, Italy in the late 16th century. Adorned primarily by Royals and the likes of Marie Antoinette, as a symbol of luxury and status, lace designs evolved mainly by their demand for greater recognition and stature. After the boom of lace in the 1700's the material declined slightly until it was reintroduced once again by the European Royals in the late 1800's, in the form of a bridal veil. Despite it's stereotypes, the bridal veil has a dramatic history dating back thousand's of years to the Ancient Romans and Greeks, and was often viewed as protection for the bride. Today, the veil is seen as the final touch, or defining piece of the bridal look, and something a bride can cherish as a lasting reminder of her special day.
With over 30 years in the bridal fashion industry and a commitment to only the finest materials, Daphne is confident that a silk tulle veil is the absolute best material for the wedding veil. Although it is one of the most expensive, its luxurious qualities are unsurpassable. Here is a quick breakdown on the most popular types of tulle for wedding veils, to help you understand what makes it different, and worth the investment.
Silk Tulle: Silk tulle is the crème de la crème of veil materials. Soft to touch, luxurious and almost weightless it will gently glide behind you as you move and creates a gorgeous pull. It is very transparent and sheer, to ensure that all the details of your gorgeous gown are visible through the veil.
Bridal Illusion: This is what the majority of veils are made of in today’s market. 100% Nylon, Bridal Illusion made its name in the 80’s thanks to its major ‘Pouf’ factor, and to be honest what gave veils such a bad ‘rep in the first place. It is rough to touch, wrinkles very easily and but it is very affordable.
English Tulle: Also known as English Netting, is made from cotton (sometimes silk) and is semi-transparent. With little to no body, this type of tulle is meant to drape over your body and is often seen on its own with little to no embellishment.