This Spring, shining embellishments are stepping into the light.
The sequin (from the Italian, zecchino) dates back to the Republic of Venice, from the 13th century onwards. Originally crafted from gold coins rolled painstakingly thin and cut into tiny discs, they became a symbol of aristocratic lineage and buying power. Glittering on headdresses and veils, draped over the bosom and hips, they were an eye-catching way in which to display a family’s wealth.
This centuries-old custom was the precursor to the use of sequin and paillette fabrics and trims in modern fashion. Today, we still see versions made of metals, as well as mother of pearl, crystal, and various plastics.
In 2013, we’re also spotting sequins in a new setting. This Spring, daytime looks including dresses, tees, and jackets, are decorated with these chic ornaments.
Shine On The Runway
Oversized paillettes draw the eye to modern bouquets at Erdem.
From L’Wren Scott, full-throttle gold discs pop on a long coat.
Bless’ed Are The Meek’s rock star shorts shine.
Patterned, icy sequins make Rebecca Taylor’s daytime tee special.
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Additional Research by Natalie Starnes
(Photo credits, from top: 1. Erdem.com, 2. LWrenScott.com, 3. BlessedAreTheMeek.com.au, 4. RebeccaTaylor.com, 5. NastyGal.com and JCrew.com)