One of the designs is very tailored and structured, and I want it to appear almost sculptural. At Mood, I was assisted by the adorable Kooan, who made a brief appearance on Project Runway Season 10 before opting to voluntarily leave the show. Remember him?
I later found out that this fabric is actually silk gazar, which is one of those rare birds of the fabric world. (You may recall that Kate Middleton's wedding gown was made of silk gazar, so it briefly became a household term.)
Mood only had this particular fabric in the red color here.
I did a quick drape with the gazar so you could see its qualities more clearly.
I found only a few online sources for silk gazar. NY Fashion Center Fabrics carries it in 20 colors, and includes this fascinating description. (Note: they use the variant spelling, "gazaar.")
Silk gazaar is a heavier sheer silk fabric with a smooth texture and crisp, matte finish. Essentially a four ply form of silk organza, silk gazaar was developed by the designer Balenciaga in the 1960s. Like organza, the fabric is perfect for lining as well as for sleeves, overlays or a back piece on evening wear or special occasion garments.
Love their "grape" color. I cannot speak to the qualities of this particular fabric, but I have been happy with ordering from this website in the past. I will be ordering a swatch of this fabric, so I'll keep you updated on that. It's not cheap (about $50 a yard) but all colors are always in stock and ready to ship or swatch.
You'll also see printed gazars, which are even rarer than the solids. Gorgeous Fabrics currently has this lovely black and white floral.
B&J carries some Italian floral gazars that are so beautiful they make my heart hurt. Incidentally, the price tag makes my eyes bleed.
Have any of you sewn with gazar?