Creole Fashion Fabrics

Fashion Show

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! It’s incredible to think that I, Ghislaine now have two fashion shows under my belt. Such an experience! I am developing skills and increasing my sewing and design knowledge alongside organising a show. Last year theme was “Textile and Senses” in purple to celebrate Success and Achievements of the community. This year was about  creole culture and I draw inspiration from my mum in the 1965 in her gingham dress to look at a retrospective of the fabrics that made Creole fashion.


Gingham was big in the 196o’s. Good quality fabric, versatile and cute.  

A simple Sunday dress, with collar and “broderie Anglaise” opened the show: age appropriate for an 11 years old. 

Also age appropriate Sophie is wearing a shift dress in a bigger checked gingham with an overlay skirt in satin. 




The bright checked fabrics is Madras, a traditional lightweight cotton fabric  with typically patterned texture and plaid design. The fabric takes its name from the former name of the city of Chennai in India. The skirt is cotton, a staple fabric. For the anecdote this skirt was my practice skirt for Episode 1 of the Sewing Bee. I finally got a use out of it.

The back of the skirt is a traditional cut. Loads of box pleats which create a small waist and a bum. I never do things in a traditional way. This couple’ outfit has a heavy twist on the traditional fashion in Martinique.

  • The back of the male shirt is normally seen at the back of the female blouse in the form of a scarf down the back.
  • The lining of the female skirt made in “broderlie Anglaise” is normally an underlay of her skirt.
  • The fascinator is the work of Milliner Vivienne Go and also a modern twist on the traditional head gear.

African prints 

AfricanFabric also known as ”African Wax Prints” “Holland Wax” and “Dutch Wax”  is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is not traditional to the Caribbean but the cnonection is easy to make. The bold colours, the cotton property definitely appeal so naturally seamstresses gradually introduced it and every one is at it now. Here I teamed this turquoise teal print with the traditional white blouse of Martinique. the fascinator is also by Viviane Go.



You wouldn’t think that Liberty is a Creole fabric would you?

Libety was very popular for the same reasons that you and I know: The quality of the cotton, the durable colours under the sun (unlike a bright pink cotton skirt who will fade), the breathable properties. Perfect for the Caribbean. I made a casual top in a circle tied at the waist. 

The show lasted 25 mins with a presentation of the inspiration behind each of the garment and a commentary. 

I cannot thank enough all involved in this project.

Friends models: Aude, Sophie, Astrid, Sony, Corina, Katia and Carole.

Friends Helpers: Muriel, Magalie, Celine, Florise, Melanie.

Partners :

Make-up by Hempathy

Millinery by Viviane Go and Mr Jean-Louis Marie-Rose

Photography by Foto-Genix