the beauty of lycra

Author Victoria McGregor

27 Mar 2018

Lycra is an essential fabric used in all CHRISANNE CLOVER’S Couture dancewear.

It is a comfortable fabric with a snug fit making it a perfect base fabric for skin tight garments.
 
The benefit of lycra is its significant strength and elasticity with its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.

 

 

 

BDD834MM Purple Rain BDD931MM Black

Our Sponsored Gold dancer Monica Nigro wowed audiences at the UK Open Championships this January with her Purple Rain Couture, dazzling many many more at the Asian Tour this March, with the Black dress being one of our most liked Couture dresses and videos on our Instagram page.  Both magnificent Couture dresses feature lycra down the right side of the garment with beautiful crystallization artwork on cappuccino stretch net down the left side of the dress. Truly unique and beautiful Couture full of style and class that really dazzled like no other on the dance floor. 

Which one is your favourite?

'I love my black dress so much and on the dance floor under the lights it looks absolutely stunning! Both dresses are  gorgeous and both have different wow factors but I have had the most likes and comments with the Black dress. In fact I did a voting poll on which dress my followers preferred and it seems the black dress won hands down. It is amazing how much the choice of colour can really create such different looks'

Monica Nigro

 

Asking our couture designers what they feel are the benefits of working with lycra in dancewear…

 

WHY IS LYCRA SUCH AN IMPORTANT FABRIC FOR MAKING COUTURE DRESSES?

It provides the base for almost all dresses, gives great structure and fantastic shape

 

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF LYCRA THAT MAKES IT SUCH A POPULAR FABRIC TO USE?

We have an extensive colour range across both matt and lustre, it has multi uses and can be used for just the inner leotard, to build in extra support panels or as the final top body layer.

It can be used on all dresses right from juvenile upwards.

 

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE TO MATT LYCRA OR LUSTRE LYCRA? IF SO WHY?

At the moment in design they are using a lot of matt lycra because of the dress styles and looks they are creating, but lustre also has its place and works incredibly well too.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DRESS MADE USING LYCRA AS A KEY FABRIC?

A recent stock dress we made just before Japan Tour comes to mind as a favourite.  BDD536MM and the wow dress of Tania Kehlet’s from the 2015 GOC BDD634KK.

 

 

 

A divine Cobalt and Saffron Ballroom dress featuring a cobalt lycra dress with sleeve front in cobalt lycra and sleeve back in saffron stretch net. Adorned beautifully with Grace Embroidered Motifs in Orange and Dark Blue. Embellished in CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in Cobalt, Cobalt Shimmer, Citrine Shimmer and Yellow Opal. Godets layered with cobalt georgette over satin chiffon, with saffron organza underskirts. Finished perfectly with a double-sided float in cobalt and saffron georgette.


 

BDD634KK

A magnificent Black and White polka dot Ballroom dress featuring a black lycra dress with godets layered in tiered tulle over satin chiffon, with white organza underskirts. Embellished in CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in Jet and Crystal AB.

 

Being one of the most popular fabrics with our customers LYCRA is used for all sorts of costume purposes with our customers in our industry, such as:

 

Ballroom

Latin

Ice skating

Freestyle

Baton twirling

Green screen suits for CAD in film making

Stage and screen costumes

Swimsuits

Gymnastics

Sportswear

Dog collars

Wristbands, chokers and accessories

 

Available in a wide range of colours in lustre and matt lycra this fabric will never go out of style and is a must have fabric for all Couture dresses at CHRSIANNE CLOVER.

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