Chiffon is an elegant, sheer fabric with a beautiful drape. It has a soft, supple, thin hand and a flat, crepe-like texture. It made from silk, cotton, nylon, polyester, or rayon. Chiffon is delicate in appearance, it is a relatively strong, balanced fabric and can be dyed or printed for use in dresses, millinery, scarves, and lampshades. This fabric can be difficult to work with because of its light and slippery textures. Due to this delicate nature, chiffon must be hand washed very gently. It adds a magical look to the dress and wearer's personality. A very light, diaphanous fabric, Chiffon is made with a loose, plain weave and tightly twisted single crÃªpe yarns in both warp and weft. Chiffon is elegant and sheer, with a slightly rough feel to it. This fabric is highly suited for special occasion dresses, scarves, nightgowns, and linings. Chiffon is softer and thinner than Georgette. [Georgette is made like chiffon, but with a two or three ply yarn.]
Satin and Pearl chiffon are other forms of chiffon but have a rich shimmer and slick texture. It is a very lightweight material made from 100% polyester. It is generally used in evening and formal wear, since it drapes well and can add a floaty look to gowns and dresses. Pearl chiffon is used mainly for the couture ballroom dress as an 8 panel layered skirt piece (consisting of 4 layers). It is also used for godets and floats.