The official fabric of ballerinas, fairies and die-hard romantics everywhere, tulle is essentially lightweight netting. Tulle is the stuff of tutus, ball skirts and underpinnings of dresses, adding volume without weight. It can be made from synthetic fibers, which makes it stiff, or from silk, which makes it very soft and drapey.
Tulle took a big departure this season. It left behind its main function as ballerina skirt material and really took center stage. Slim and full gowns alike are covered in layers of tulle or fully fashioned in tulle. Three dimensional textured ruffles, swirls, free-form flowers and shredded layers appeared in tulle. Simple, light tulle layers flowed over gowns and appeared as capes for big drama. There was more tulle this season than perhaps the last ten combined.
Designers love tulle for its weightless quality and its transparency. Stretch tulles worked wonders as see-through, dramatic necklines--many elaborately beaded and embroidered--and also as sleeves of all lengths. We love tulle for its sheer beauty, its delicacy and its mystery, as it covers and uncovers all at once.