Have any of you worked with satin-faced organza? I haven't, but I've seen it at various shops in the Garment District. It has a pronounced sheen and more opacity than regular silk organza. Here's some more info on the fabric, according to NY Fashion Center Fabrics:
Silk satin face organza has the lightweight feel of organza, with a smooth, satin finish. Produced with tightly twisted threads like its sibling, the fabric is less transparent than regular silk organza and has a fuller body, but retains the crispness and drape that has made organza a perennial favorite. Used primarily as a liner or volumizer for evening wear, silk satin face organza also works wonderfully in blouses, summery skirts and home décor. As with most silks, hand washing or dry cleaning is recommended.
The silhouette of this dress is striking, as with all Dior designs of the 1950s. According to the V&A Archive, where this dress resides:
Dior wrote that ‘many a dress of mine is born of the fabric alone’, and in this dress he manipulates the luxurious, crisp satin organza to great effect. The bodice is complemented by a simple skirt. Full and short, its bouffant shape is pleated into a tight waist and supported by four layers of net petticoat beneath, the innermost reinforced by horsehair stiffening.
I would pay good money to see how that "horsehair stiffening" is constructed and applied. And to peek inside the bodice. And, of course, to have such a glorious cocktail dress in stunning raspberry silk.
See you back here tomorrow for the exciting continuation of Satin Week!