Shimmering Ornamentation: The Fashionable Allure Of “Sequins”

Shimmering Adornment:  Sequin Fashion
Shimmering Adornment: Sequin Fashion

Oh, the allure of “sequins” applied in clusters…
The timeless ornamentation of round or oval disc shaped ‘beads’ with a flat surface has endured throughout fashion’s history. Found in a variety of colors, the application of shimmering style is ornamentation that speaks a language of festive and celebratory style.

The adornment of the sequin in fashion has spanned time. The word “Sequin” is said to have originated from the French derivation of the Italian word, “Zecchino”, a pure gold coin (minted by the Venetian Republic in 1284). Further reference of these gold “coins” are those that were minted in Italy, Turkey, and Malta. In fact, the word “Zecca” is termed “A mint” and the Arabic sikka refers to “a minting die”, meaning “ornamental disc or spangle”. The history of this embellishment is ancient. It is said that “gold sequins” (coins) were used as decoration on clothing and other objects in the Indus Valley as early as 2500BC. Gold coins, fastened with a hole at the top, were used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean and heavily in the Persian Gulf. In these cultures, the custom of stitching sequins and ‘coins’ to women’s clothing (“Sequinning”) was a common tradition. The embellishment of ‘coins’ that would adorn the headdress, veils and chest and hips of garments, was an ancient custom is said to have arisen to display (and retain) a family’s wealth. Who knew? The shimmering embellishment created by this custom brought forth the use of sequined fabric and trims into modern fashion. Of course, modern sequins are made of plastic, but certainly plastic of intense style. There are also those made from colored metal foil. Either way, sequins are certainly an inspiration of the past.

“Sequins” are often referred to as “Spangles”, “Paillettes” or “Diamantes”. “Spangles” are termed as a “small, thin piece of glittering material typically used in quantity to ornament a dress- a sequin”. The word “Paillettes” is French, taken from the term or word paille straw and was first used in 1876. Paillettes are large and flat, adhered to the fabric with a hole at the top, allowing movement and shimmer while dangling. “Sequins” are commonly stitched flat to fabric, creating less movement or opportunity to fall off a garment whereas the “Paillettes” which are stitched at the top, allowing them to dangle and catch more light and reflection. “Diamantes”, taken from early 20th century French means “Set with diamonds” although the term also refers to being “decorated with artificial jewels”. Interesting…

Alas, the shimmering adornment of these dazzling sequins are like jewels to the eye. The embellishment of these delicate sequined garments are timeless to an evening affair or night on the town. Oh, to welcome in the New Year or any celebratory moment, twirling and spinning, with the magical entrancing shimmer of “sequins”….

Chic "Sparkle":  The Shiny Sequin
Chic “Sparkle”: The Shiny Sequin
Delicate Elegance:  Sequins Of Sheen And Style
Delicate Elegance: Sequins Of Sheen And Style
Sequins:  Spangles Of Embellishment
Sequins: Spangles Of Embellishment
Evening Style:  The Allure Of The Sequin
Evening Style: The Allure Of The Sequin
Shiny & Bright Additions:  Sequin Style
Shiny & Bright Additions: Sequin Style
Designer Tom Ford & His “Paillettes” Adorned Muse

Consider donning a bit of sparkle and shine. Resonating with the Holiday attire, the shimmer and allure of the ornamentation of sequins is a classic, timeless and fashionable presentation of style. After all, life should sparkle.



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