Oriental Allure - Silk Shantung

When it comes to luxury fabrics, few have the allure of silk. That shine, that fluid texture as it runs through your hands, the cool feeling of it on your body. It's also a brilliant fabric to cut and work with, being easy to bunch or drape. It's why we create a collection of dresses each season that showcase silk's amazing qualities. Not all silk is made equally however. At Favourbrook, we use Shantung, a type of silk fabric with characteristic irregular ridges known as slubs. Silk aficionados regard Shantung as the gold standard of silks thanks to its light and crisp handle. It's also one of the thinnest silks you'll find, making it wonderful for draping and that ever so slightly slubby finish gives it a wonderful textural quality that you won't find on any other variant. 

Silk Shantung dresses by Favourbrook

STRAWBERRY PINK PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG EMPIRE DRESS

STRAWBERRY PINK PLAIN
SILK SHANTUNG
EMPIRE DRESS

DUSKY PINK REVERSE PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG JOSEPHINE DRESS

DUSKY PINK REVERSE
PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG
JOSEPHINE DRESS

It gets its name from the Chinese province it originates from - Shandong. It's unknown quite when Chinese weavers began using it, but there is evidence that Europeans were producing silk Shantung garments as far back as the Renaissance period. For a long time, it was not highly regarded in the West, precisely because of its unique slubby finish. The trend was always for the smoothest silks fabrics, hence Shantung was often overlooked for what many would call 'imperfections', but we absolutely adore these details and think it makes our dresses that much more intriguing and individual.

Silk Shantung dresses by Favourbrook.

COBALT PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG JOSEPHINE DRESS SILK

COBALT PLAIN
SILK SHANTUNG
JOSEPHINE DRESS

FUCHSIA REVERSE PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG JOSEPHINE DRESS

FUCHSIA REVERSE
PLAIN SILK SHANTUNG
JOSEPHINE DRESS

While synthetic versions of Shantung have become increasingly better quality, nothing quite compares to the natural silk fibres (we use 100% natural silk in all but our Green Paris Shantung dress.) The slub texture is created by weaving together two types of silk yarn - the first is run through a roller so that it is completely smooth, while the second is unrolled to retain the nubs on its surface. Our fabric is woven in Italy at a silk mill we've built a very long-standing relationship with. 

Silk Shantung dresses by Favourbrook.

ANTIQUE ROSE PLAIN SHANTUNG MARIE DRESS

ANTIQUE ROSE
PLAIN SHANTUNG
MARIE DRESS

FUCHSIA REVERSE PLAIN SHANTUNG ALICE DRESS

FUCHSIA REVERSE
PLAIN SHANTUNG
ALICE DRESS

This season, we have created seven slightly different styles of Shantung dresses, each one a beautiful example of the fabric's natural drape. They make for stunning eveningwear options and come in a variety of bold tones with different shoulder and neckline styles. Finishing on the knee and cut in a figure-flattering shape, the dresses convey an elegant and sophisticated femininity, perfect for smart events and special occasions.
GOLD PLAIN SHANTUNG BARDOT DRESS

GOLD PLAIN SHANTUNG
BARDOT DRESS

RUSSET PLAIN SHANTUNG BARDOT DRESS

RUSSET PLAIN
SHANTUNG BARDOT DRESS

 

Looking for other styles? Explore all of our dresses here.