Unlike my all-time infatuation with lace, my love for brocade is recent. Almost two years ago, I started developing an eye to appreciate this unique fabric.
The name originates from the Italian ‘broccato,’ meaning embossed cloth. Woven by the Byzantines, brocades were a desirable fabric by the nobility from China to Greece since the Middle Ages. The designs woven into brocade fabric were Persian in origin, then during the Renaissance period and onwards, Indian and Chinese motifs were incorporated as well.
Nowadays, one can find hundreds of brocade types, developed from different kinds of fabrics, with modern embossing techniques and illustrations. This specific piece I spotted at Santiago Beirut boutique caught my attention – its patterns embossed in a way where you can only notice what they are if you are looking from afar.
I called it Skulls Charming for it had me fall head-over-heels the moment I spotted it. Not only it had a beautifully embossed pattern, the cut was exactly my style as well. I paired it with an elegant pencil skirt and my statement clutch by Alexander McQueen, the master of incorporating skulls into fashion.
Brocade Blazer | Ultra Chic from Santiago Beirut
Pencil Skirt | I’M Isola Marras from Santiago Beirut
Black Top | Guess
Knuckle Bird & Apple Box Clutch | Alexander McQueen
Black Pigalle | Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses | Miu Miu
Gold Watch | Roberto Cavalli
Gold Nail Ring & Bracelet | Cartier
Do you like brocade? Share with me the links to your favorite pieces in the comments.