Brocade Enthusiast

Being a total “Game of Thrones” fan, but also a fashion enthusiast, I had to notice fantastic brocade outfits which are featured in this TV show. Brocade is a rich silk material which was only reserved for nobility.

My love for fashion brand Desigual started the moment I saw their fantastic brocade patchwork coats. They are a little pieces of fashion art and in them you won’t go unnoticed :)!

Hope you’ll like today’s outfit and some tidbits from fashion history!

Kisses, Dina

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Brocade dress and jacket by Desigual

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Blue suede heels by H&M, stockings by Jadran Hosiery, Croatia

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Desigual jacket – detail

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Desigual skirt – detail

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Azulejo ring – a memory from Lisbon, Portugal

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Leather ornamented earrings – a gift from Iran 🙂 ! Thank you Ela :* !

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Brocade in Fashion:

Brocades are fabric with an elaborate embossed or embroidered surface effect, usually with different ground and pattern weaves.  The name comes from the Italian brocatto, meaning ’embossed cloth’.

Brocade originates from Byzantium. Before appearance of velvet in northern Europe, brocade was the most noble of fabrics due to the primary element, silk, which was hard to come by and its extravagant embroidery using gold and silver thread as well as jewels.

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Two sisters in brocade gowns: Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary I

In the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Italy was the most renowned producer of brocade with nobles and royalty from all of Europe paying extraordinary amounts for achieving their regal look.

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…and an exhibition of brocade outfits worn by characters from TV series “Game of Thrones”

Today, brocade and it’s sister fabrics like jacquard and damask are more popular than ever, being an inspiration for rich regal looks by Prada, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbanna and many more!

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Brocade dresses from Alexander McQueen‘s last collection

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Brocade by Chanel

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Collection by Alberta Ferretti

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From L to R: Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha and Erdem

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Celebrities wearing four different versions of Valentino‘s “Bambolina” brocade dress

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Kiernan Shipka and Emily Blunt in their brocade fantasy dresses

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Patchwork brocade by Prada

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Solange Knowles in brocade pants by Wes Gordon; Michelle Obama in dress by Tracy Reese

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Brocade jacket by H&M; coat by Indikka

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…sugar in the end…my forever love…Desigual in it’s full brocade glory!

Thank you Miss Stela for the pictures!

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4 thoughts on “Brocade Enthusiast

    • Thank you! I bought this amazing jacket last year while visiting Barcelona, in their outlet store – skirt is second hand, I found it on E-bay! This week totally sucks, first David Bowie, then Alan Rickman 😦 —well you surely know me,Under Pressure was on constant repeat lately 🙂 ! Kisses!

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