Devoré, or “burnout” fabric, has been hip since the 19th century. Victorian ladies as surfer chicks? Sounds like fun. But, the original idea was to economically simulate lace. The technique, developed in Lyon, chemically dissolved the surface of a fabric such as velvet to achieve semi-transparent designs. Devoré means to devour, and that is exactly how it works. The magical result of this alchemy quickly took on a life of its own. It defined the fashion of evening gowns and shawls of the 1920s. The look has reemerged many times since, in various forms. A burnout tee-shirt epitomizes “street.”  But the creativity, sophistication, and delicacy of today’s luxury devoré fabric makes it ideal for loungewear.

Canadian design house Christine Vancouver offers several devoré silk velvets among its lovely creations. The warmth and romance of these garments seem especially suited to founder Christine Morton’s Scottish background. The swirl of their jewel colors and the mystery of their Gothic influences give each a special story. Be a siren in the Gatsby Patterned Velvet Gown. Gaze over your shoulder to draw the eye to its plunging back and criss-cross straps. Or vamp in the matching kimono. Tea for two by the fire. Wear the black Diva Silk Velvet Kimono. Draw close, listen carefully, whisper a response. The dashing length of the periwinkle Faberge Silk Velvet Robe would suit a castle in the Highlands. Its mesmerizing floral tracery conjures Northern Lights and sweet dreams.

Devoré is always in fashion. A little daring, a little retro. An adventure to wear.

-Kate L

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