1. The History of Emanuel Ungaro

    The History of Emanuel Ungaro

    Emauel Ungaro was born on the 13th February 1933, he was the son of Italian immigrants, who fled from Francavilla Fontana in Southern Italy to escape Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship. His father worked as a tailor, and gave his young son a sewing machine, and taught him the trade.  Ungaro moved to Paris in his early 20s to launch his own career in fashion. He initially worked for a well-known men’s tailor, called Christiani before being hired to work under the Spanish designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. 

    Emanuel Ungaro pinning up a model in Paris 1968.

     

  2. The History of Loro Piana Fabrics | High End Luxury Fabrics

    The History of Loro Piana Fabrics | High End Luxury Fabrics

    An Italian high-end textile brand, Loro Piana is synonymous with heritage, outstanding quality fabrics and innovation. Loro Piana has achieved this by developing exclusive relationships when sourcing the best raw materials from around the world including vicuña, cashmere, merino wool and cotton, resulting in setting the benchmark and creating the most luxurious fabrics.

  3. The 12 Most Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics

    The 12 Most Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics

    Whether you consider yourself a classic, modern or more alternative bride, there’s a wedding look for you to ensure you feel magnificent on your wedding day. If you want a timeless or modern fairy tale dress, sculptural bridal separates that can be styled in different ways for endless mileage, a statement making non-traditional ivory jumpsuit or cool perfectly cut two-piece wedding suit that you can enjoy for years to come, selecting your bridal garment and fabric is a big part of the planning process. With so many styles to choose from and keeping in mind the wedding destination, time of year, the venue, guest dress code, the budget and so much more, selecting your wedding garment (and suitable fabric) to celebrate your big day and personal style, can feel like a lot of pressure, and it should be fun! 

     

  4. The New Little Black Dress

    The New Little Black Dress

    You probably have a little black dress that has solved your wardrobe dilemma of what to wear on many occasions. With a storied history (since 1926), this humble closet workhorse, with limitless potential and universal appeal, has managed to strike the perfect balance of being practical, versatile, elegant and effortless. It’s no wonder it's a crucial part of every woman's wardrobe. It goes with just about everything and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the dress code. It's the dress that makes you feel your best self and that is why we love it!

    So is there any point in investing in another LBD when your sartorial security blanket is timeless, fits well and does the job? Coco Chanel went through many revolutionary changes in fashion, and so the LBD must honour its founder, and evolve with the times.

    This season, designers have revisited this wardrobe staple and turned the humble LBD into a wardrobe hero.  Keeping simplicity a keynote in the designs (

  5. Haute Couture - The History & Fabrics

    Haute Couture - The History & Fabrics

     

    Haute Couture is a phrase which is often misused and that actually has very specific rules for the qualification and use of the word on a garment. Literally translated from French, Haute Couture means ‘high sewing’ and is often referred to as high dressmaking. These luxury one-off garment creations are always made by artisans (often in shift work to complete them on time) and commissioned by private clients, they require multiple fittings so that the garments are meticulously tailored for the wearer's measurements, resulting in a perfect fit. An Englishman called Charles Frederick Worth from the 19th century is considered to be the father of

  6. The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2021

    The Best Dressed Women at the Oscars 2021

    After a year of Netflix and pyjamas, we are pleased to see our favourite stars back on the red carpet wearing some amazing outfits at the 93rd Academy Awards.

    Amanda Seyfried stole the spotlight in a sensational red strapless tulle ball gown designed by Giorgio Armani (himself) for her first-time Oscar nomination.

  7. Joel & Son Fabrics Interview: Q&A with Stewart Parvin

    Joel & Son Fabrics Interview: Q&A with Stewart Parvin

    Stewart Parvin is one of London’s best designers, he is a couturier most famously known for being the Queen’s dressmaker. We sat down with Stewart to discuss his career.

    Q: When did you first realise you wanted a career in fashion?

    A: I think from a very early age. When I was a child at nursery school I knew the
    difference between Chanel and Saint Laurent because the lady whose house the school was held at was a very well-dressed woman and I know now, that is what she was wearing in the late sixties. I would go home and tell my mother that is what you need to buy - you need to buy a tweedy suit with big gold buttons at probably the age of three or four.

  8. Fabric Shopping with the Queen’s Dressmaker - Stewart Parvin visits the Joel & Son Fabrics Store

    Fabric Shopping with the Queen’s Dressmaker - Stewart Parvin visits the Joel & Son Fabrics Store

    An exclusive visit to Joel & Son Fabrics in Church street, which is "possibly the world's finest fabric emporium" by Her Majesty's go-to dressmaker.

    Stewart Parvin makes us fall in love (all over again) with a selection of his favourite fabric picks from the finest French, Italian and Swiss cloth makers. With rows and rows...and rows of fabrics in store, Stewart takes us on a sensory journey, where he reveals his favourite neon and white boucle, his love of the versatile double-face fabrics, the classic and wild printed silks "which Joel's has the most amazing eye for", to the pretty, delicate and amazing bridal laces and trims.

  9. A Royal Appointment - Stewart Parvin at his Motcomb Street boutique

    A Royal Appointment - Stewart Parvin at his Motcomb Street boutique

    We paid a visit to Stewart Parvin and had a tour of his amazing boutique, four floors of the most fabulous handmade clothes by the couturier to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    A master of understated elegance, Stewart Parvin showcases his latest collection of exquisite womenswear made with the finest fabrics from Joel &

  10. Fabric Trends 2020

    Fabric Trends 2020

    When creating fashion looks that lasts, fabric selection should be your biggest consideration. After all, a luxury piece of cloth can elevate the most simple of outfits, ensuring your style is elegant and timeless. When looking for fabric trends, you’re in the right hands with Joel & Son Fabrics. For over 70 years, we have supplied the highest quality and most luxurious fashionable fabrics across the world.

    We monitor the fashion scene closely, keeping on top of the latest fabric trends from the London, Paris and Milan fashion week and add them to our latest collection. See our selection of the fabric trends inspiring catwalks all over the world and create your perfect outfit.

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  11. Get The Look - Emily in Paris

    Get The Look - Emily in Paris

    Paris is The City of Lights, the city of love and of course, ultra-chic designer outfits, so it's no surprise that we binged the latest Netflix show, Emily in Paris purely for entertainment purposes and to get the best fashion inspo and style tips of 2020.

    Merci Netflix for giving us something else to talk and think about that is not face mask 'fashion' related! 

    78 Year old, costume designer, Patricia Field who styled Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City two decades ago, has done it again but this time alongside Marylin Fitoussi. We can see the same signature fun and quirky style on the young Emily, a marketing executive who has moved from Chicago to Paris for work. With a 200k strong social following, this influencer (Emily) has surely given us some très chic, brightly coloured OTT and OOB (out of budget) fashion moments. Here are some of our favourite sartorially coveted outfits and best fabric matches to recreate

  12. 10 Facts About Silk Fabrics

    10 Facts About Silk Fabrics

    At Joel & Son Fabrics we are crazy about silks - just walk up and down the many 'silk laden' aisles of our London shop to see this. And no wonder, silk is considered one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world! Silk is known as the ‘Queen of fabrics’ and for good reason - for thousands of years, the complex, labour intensive and time-consuming process of creating silk was carried out in the utmost secrecy, making silk fabrics very special and expensive.

    Here are our 10 favourite facts about silk. 

    1. The Chinese are considered to be the pioneers of silk making and the earliest evidence of silk fabrics dates back to