American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small piece of metal or foil used in painting with enamel.
- n. A spangle used to ornament a dress or costume.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spangle or glittering piece of metal (or glass) forming a part of costume, either sewed to a garment or hanging with others in a bunch secured to a feather or in a similar position where it could move freely.
- n. In enamel-painting, a bit of metal or colored foil.
- n. Also papilette.
- From French paillette, from paille ‘straw’ + -ette. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, diminutive of paille, straw; see paillasse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Mod Squad: Prada's paillette dress in burnt orange is an exuberant take on the '60s revival, with a hint of Miuccia's trademark subversion.”
“One spectacular backless paillette evening gown with sheer panels had me swoon and I am a fan of Lagerfeld's commitment to evening dresses at the awkward above the ankle length especially his vibrant fuchsia crepe dress.”
“She collected Holder's whimsical, paillette-drenched costumes from "The Wiz," for which he won a Tony Award in 1975.”
“Models of all ethnicities, one of the highlights of a 3.1 show, sauntered in sumptuous draped knits and laser etched leather shorts or lambskin paillette illusion t-shirts paired with sexy mile high sandals!”
“Anne Hathaway: Stunning in a sparkly paillette column by Armani Prive.”
“The obsidian also has apparently been subjected to the artificial fire; and a splinter of it contains a paillette of free copper.”
“From the bottom up: lavender silk and paillette Prada mule (high street), Diesel jeans (low street), Michael Kors cashmere tank top, and five Bulgari gold necklaces.”
“Bacall also danced with Capote; only Lee Radziwill, incandescent in a silver paillette dress by Mila Schön, and Katharine Graham, sheathed in a monkish white wool jersey Balmain trimmed in jet beads, shared this rare privilege.”
“Examining just one small vintage piece, Ginguene rattles off the many different elements that went into the design sewn onto the flimsy muslin fabric: Cotton, gold cotton, red thread, brown thread, gold leather, gold pearls, paillette sequins.”
“The lines were generally simple and the big fashion gestures sophisticated, like a streak of white organza feathers down the spine of a short black velvet dress or a hot pink paillette tube caged in feather-tipped black net.”
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