Embroidery in Contemporary Fashion

When we think of embroidery, many of us think about old fashioned, albeit gorgeous, pillow covers, blankets, and clothing. We often think of the classic cross stitch or embroidery pieces that we grew up with on the wall in mom’s house or the heirloom that our grandma still has carefully protected in her glass china case cupboard, now worth untold amounts. Or maybe we think of the classic foreign costumes worn on special, traditional occasions such as the bright, colorful embroidered http://www.avance-emb.com/ Mariachi clothing from Mexico, the traditional wedding clothing decorated in gold cords and embroidery in Morocco, or the beautifully decorated, traditional styles of silk embroidery in China. What we often forget is that embroidery is everywhere in modern fashion as well in many different cultures. Now we have some of the grandeur of the old embroidery techniques and skill carefully interwoven with modern clothing styles giving life, beauty and value to clothing that might otherwise be boring.

From the sparkling sequins patterned on a jean purse bag, to the white, modern wedding dress covered from top to bottom in shiny, flowery embroidery beneath a tool over layer, from India to the USA and back to China, embroidery has not died in modern fashion. Embroidery is still an art and it is still a way to put beauty, color, and brilliance on any piece of cloth.


Since embroidery is art, created by someone to express something or show beauty or style where it may have lacked before, it varies with times and cultures as well as any other art form. Some of the best modern pieces showcase the sophisticated quality, skill, and technique of older works with a modern interpretation of style. Because embroidery at Avance Emb has been a long taught skill for thousands of years in many parts of the world, styles and techniques have been developed which may take years to master but which produce a quality of embroidery that is priceless. With modern new and even used embroidery machines (http://www.swfeast.com/embroidery-machines/used-embroidery-machines), it is now possible to make some of these pieces of clothing for a price that makes it more accessible to the public.

Dresses are accented with embroidery and beading work to bring out texture and spice. Shirts are made to match handbags, embroidered in patterns of flowers with sequins covering it for added, eye catching effects. Even hats and scarves sometimes have beautifully crafted embroidery on them. Many clothing has incorporated beading techniques as well, using the same embroidery stitches, but adding texture, color, and shine with well placed splashes of color.

From delicate white on white embroidery, originally practiced by the Egyptians, to bright colors and textures, embroidery is still on clothing all over the world, accentuating lines and bringing out beauty.

Incorporating such skill into your own wardrobe can be as simple as walking to the nearest department store, or as sophisticated as planning and executing a piece of work yourself. Incorporating such style added to the skills taught through the ages truly displays taste and fashion, brilliance and thoughtfulness, while maintaining a modern look style that would draw anyone’s eye.

Hi everyone!

Hi world! My name is Jen and I work in the apparel decorating industry, specifically with embroidery patterns and rhinestones. Aside from making clothes, I love helping others turn their ideas into fantastical creations. I look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming months!

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