Our Byzantium brocade dinner jacket with metallic dark grey silk edging and turn back cuffs is moody piece of eveningwear. The fabric used to make this jacket is from the Holland & Sherry's Black Tie Elite collection. The brocade is beautifully executed with silver threads in the warp with darker variegated tones of silver and black non-structural weft threads holding the warp threads together to create the appearance of a raised embroidered fabric that is luxurious in nature.
The fabric’s hand allows this formal garment to hold court in a fixed but not forced way. Due to the stiffer more crisp lines this garment is able to project its delightful example of flamboyance which dates back to the middle ages where a brocade fabric was one of the few luxury fabrics worn by nobility throughout China, Greece, India and Japan.
Popularised by the Italian renaissance, this fabric has continued its innovation benefiting from the improvements in silk-weaving looms and the tensile quality of the silk filaments being produced today throughout the world.
The shawl lapel balances the lines in the floral brocade motifs. The shape of it’s bell mimicking the facial features of the patron as well as the stems of the floral of the brocade. The pure silk edging along the edges of this piece highlight the precision of the hands used to create such work and reflect the regality of it’s purpose all of this work is collaborative and undertaken with the understanding of the patron and his heredity.