Billowy is a descriptive word that describes the effect that a garment produces. The effect is caused by a mass volume of fabric floating in appearance, causing a large almost ball like effect behind the person. The word billowing may also be used.

This effect can be seen on 2012 Haute Couture catwalks such as Valentino S/S 12 who used a romantic pink print on dresses which floated down the catwalk. Elie Saab S/S 12 showed fuller dresses, covering the models with light weight fabrics and Alexis Mabille who formed billowing dresses using organza to wave as the models walked.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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