Lamè fabric is the term applied to any fabric woven or knitted to incorporate metallic threads. This fabric can be made from cotton, silk or other manufactured fibres. It is very popular for eveningwear, fancy dress costumes and dancewear. Generally, this fabric is gold or silver in colour, but copper lame is also available. Lamè comes in many different varieties such as Tissue Lamè, Hologram Lamè and Pearl Lamè. Lamè is also used extensively in fencing because of its conductive properties, meaning that the over jackets it is used to make are called ‘Lamès.’ Lamè fabric is very slippery and notoriously difficult to work with.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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