It is “Shark Week” here in the States and I thought I would celebrate by doing a post on, what else? Sharkskin fabric! I happen to adore sharkskin fabric, which is more or less defined as fabric with two colors of thread woven in a 2/2 twill. For a more in depth description you can click here. Sharkskin has fallen out of fashion, especially in men’s suits, which I think is a pity. I just love it when men wear color. Frankly I am surprised it hasn’t made a huge comeback, what with Mad Men and all. The good news is you can still find plenty of vintage sharkskin, especially from the 1950s and 1960s.
Notice the iridescence in her dress? That is created by the weave of the sharkskin fabric. Isn’t it just lovely? I am guessing the thread colors of this gown are a light blue and maybe a purple? Or it could be two shades of blue. (here)
This is the first time I have done some men’s fashion! Sharkskin was very popular for men’s suits, starting in the 50s. If you can find a vintage real sharkskin wool suit you will be amazed at the quality of the fabric. (here)
Here we have a sharkskin fabric that has then been embroidered. Note the contrasting ruffle on the crinoline. (here)
A simple and classic golden dress. This would be the perfect for your most amazing jewelry because the dress would set it off perfectly. (here)
Wouldn’t your man look handsome in this suit? (here)
The perfect dancing dress. I think this would be appropriate at almost any wedding, no matter the season. (here)
I think this suit is to die for. If that isn’t the most perfect shade of grey, I don’t know what is! (here)
When I was in high school I had a boyfriend who had a vintage sharkskin shirt in this exact same shade of green. Oh how I adored that shirt! Here it is in dress form. Like the gold dress, this gown is ripe for accessories. (here)
The black and burgundy color combo is one of the few that has lasted from the 1950s until now. You can still find this grouping in taffeta, usually seen in prom dresses. (here)
So what do you think of sharkskin? Is it a fabric you wish would make a comeback or are you fine to keep it regulated to the dustbin of time?