Deco Devore Desire
Right now we are all about the Francois Deco Devore Robe and Chemise set. It's the perfect seasonal transition pairing - a floaty nightwear piece for cooler summer evenings, and easily doubles up as something to wrap up in during the day. Velvety and soft, with sublimely coloured florals bursting through the deep blue.
Devoré, or the "burnout" technique is thought to have originated as a cheaper alternative to lace in 17th Century France. The word Devoré means "devour" in French, which is essential to the technique! Chemicals are used to dissolve the fibres in the fabric, which in this case is velvet. The technique was quick, and was likely applied by putting caustic paste onto printing blocks.
Popularised in the 1920s, an era that heavily influenced the design for the Francois (fringing galore!), it was widely used on gowns and shawls, and then revived in the 80s and 90s in more body-conscious styles.
The revival was credited to Jasper Conran, who used the method on theatre and ballet costumes, and said it produced better and cheaper results than applique techniques.
As previously mentioned, not only is this retro technique gorgeous, but the Francois set is super-versatile. Not just for nightwear, you can create glamorous looks with both pieces.
The Chemise is perfect for layering over tops for more casual attire. Here, we've paired it with a black turtleneck and gold cross necklace for a gothic daytime look! To be worn with lace-up boots and tights, or strappy sandals for something more summery.
As for the robe, it can easily be used in lieu of a cardigan or jumper for chillier evenings. Here we've paired it with a navy-blue bardot-style bodycon dress
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