OK so when you search for a "metal shirt" on the internet you don't exactly get a shirt made of metal. You see, Fashionable Reader, I have one of these draped metal shirts from the 1970s. Mine is gold and a halter.
|Image off Etsy|
I've considered wearing mine more as a massive scarf necklace, but never really had the guts.
|Still available for purchase.|
I also have matching earrings from the 1980s, not Whiting & Davis, I don't think. Just cheap ones.
Anyway, what's my point? My point is that while I was in NY a reader gave me a Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Purse that also matches! It's a Victorian style gate top reticule from (most likely) the 1920s. I've never seen a gate top in person, certainly not in this good condition.
|Images of Etsy but mine is exactly the same|
|Lilliput was very intrigued|
Whiting & Davis did whole dresses and full shirts in the 1980s out of this stuff. That's when I most remember this metal mesh material. However, the material scientist in me objects because it isn't technically mesh. I just know there is a special name, as opposed to the cumbersome Whiting & Davis Metal Mesh fabric. Consulted my best friend (a professional seamstress and costume designer) and she reached out and we got the following: coin mail or metal mail (also spelled maille); liquid gold or metallic scale fabric. Eventually, it turns out, the offical name is alphamesh scale.
|via private listing|
Yech, what an awful term for such a great fabric. Some small back of my brain is convinced it needs a Proper Name, like lurex (although, obviously, not lurex). What should it be? Tell me, tell me please?
|2014 Kaufman Franco Runway|
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