Fabric Rundown: A History of Jersey

As reliable as it is comfortable, jersey is the go-to fabric for floor-length maxis – but what is it about this material that has us draping for joy?

BLG-1683 What are you really wearing - Jersey

The namesake fabric was first produced during medieval times in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. With a matte appearance and textured underside, jersey was originally woven out of wool. Nowadays, cotton and rayon are often used to produce the super-soft material we just can’t get enough of.

Many brands today are based entirely around draped jersey (see: TART Collections), and for that, they have Coco Chanel to thank. At a time when jersey was only used in undergarments, the fashion icon began incorporating the no-fuss fabric into her designs. In 1926, she debuted the signature LBD in a ready-to-wear jersey material. With a dress so affordable and accessible, it was an instant success – and the rest was history.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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August 20, 2013