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Layered beautifully on ivory wedding dresses or floating gently on free flowing tutu’s, tulle is one of the most beautiful fabrics to represent wealth, elegance and culture. Named after the city of Tulle in France, it was created in the 1700’s, and manufactured of hexagonal mesh which resembled a honeycomb pattern. Tulle became synonymous with wedding dresses due to Queen Victoria, when Her Royal Highness wore a filmy off-the-shoulder tulle wedding gown in 1840, making it instantly popular and creating a trend that has flourished over 100 years. Courtier Fredrich Worth modified the tulle trend by showing it’s versatility through a tulle hat in the 19th century and Swedish ballerina Marie Taglioni popularized tulle in ballet by wearing a bell shaped tutu made of gauzy layered tulle in productions such as La Sylphide. Today, tulle remains a sort after fabric, whether in the form of a white tulle dress, with swan draped across your neck ( à la Bjork), or in an oscar-worthy dramatic gown with a tulle full skirt and embellished bodice- either way tulle proves to be a versatile fabric with an air of romanticism,beauty and elegance which remains timeless.