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?
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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