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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style

by Judee Shipman



VAMP: Part of the upper portion of a lace-up shoe. 

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VEIL: A sheer covering for the face, typically attached to a matching headpiece. 

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VELCRO: a hook-and-loop fastener mechanism affixed onto fabric. Velcro fastens with pressure and unfastens by tearing the two pieces apart. 

Velcro is often (but not always) used in footwear fashions.

For the latest velcro fashion news, see below. 

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VELOUR: A fabric resembling velvet, made from cotton, wool, or rayon fibers. 

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VELVET: A soft, warm, luxurious fabric with a thick, even pile. Traditionally made from silk. 

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VELVETEEN: A lightweight cotton fabric with a velvety pile.

Velveteen was developed in the 18th century, where it soon became the big fashion news of the moment in many cultures across the globe. 

Sometimes it takes a fashion expert to really tell the difference between velveteen, velvet, and velour. 

Shown below, a gorgeous vintage Navajo velveteen shirt. 

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VEST: A jacket or sweater without sleeves. A jacket vest typically buttons down the front, while the sweater vest is usually a pullover. 

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VICTORIA'S SECRET: An American designer of ladies' lingerie and beauty products.

Models for Victoria's Secret are always making the fashion news for dating celebrities. 

Shown below, VS models glam it up at a recent VS fashion show. 

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VICU√ĎA: A llama-like animal in the camel family, which produces a rare, very soft wool that is used to make coats. 

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VINYL: A synthetic fabric intended to mimic leather. 

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VIRAGO SLEEVE: A long, roomy, closed-cuff sleeve, traditionally adorned with bows or armbands that are arranged along the sleeve to create segmented puffs of fabric. 

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VIRGIN WOOL: Wool that has not yet been processed or manufactured. 

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VISCOSE: A silky, smooth manmade synthetic fiber, better known as rayon

Shown below, a 2019 viscose (rayon) trench coat by Fendi. 

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VISOR: A headband with a front panel that blocks the eyes from direct sunlight. 

Shown below, Rhianna rocks a summery look with a chic leather visor. 

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VIZARD: A type of ladies' mask that was popular in the 17th century, but not making fashion news today, except maybe during Halloween.  

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V-NECK: An open neckline that forms a V-shape on the wearer's chest. 

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VOGUE: 1. Contemporary or stylish. 2. A popular American fashion magazine. 

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VOILE: A thin, opaque, lightweight fabric, somewhat similar to organdy and organza

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VOLUME: Also known as body, volume refers to the amount of space occupied by a garment, although the word is more often applied to hair styles. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style


Chapter 1 

Chapter 2  

Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10   

Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

Chapter 13  

Chapter 14 

Chapter 15  

Chapter 16 

Chapter 17 

Chapter 18  

Chapter 19

Chapter 20 

Chapter 21 

Chapter 22  

Chapter 23  

Chapter 24  

Chapter 25  

Chapter 26

Chapter 27  

Chapter 28  

Chapter 29  

Chapter 30  

Chapter 31  

Chapter 32  

Chapter 33   

Chapter 34  

Chapter 35  

Chapter 36  

Chapter 37  

Chapter 38  

Chapter 39  (You Are Here) 

Chapter 40

Chapter 41


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Yule Log - Chapter Five

Yule Log - Chapter Six

Yule Log - Chapter Seven

Yule Log - Chapter Eight

Yule Log - Chapter Nine

Yule Log - Chapter Ten


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