Silk Fabric and Musical Keys

C Major : Habutai

Habutai is the C major of silks. Plainweave, crisp, versatile. In music it can be as simple and sweet as Frère Jacques or as subtly sophisticated as Bach’s Prelude in C. In clothing it can be a drop-in lining or light summer dress.

D flat major : Charmeuse

Silk charmeuse is the D flat major of silk. It is as soft and delicate as Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

A minor : Georgette

With its crepe weave and fluid drape, georgette has both the grace and power of the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, both of which are in A minor.

C sharp minor : Chiffon

A crinkle silk chiffon could be as mysterious and melancholic as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or as neurotic as Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu.

G major : CDC

Crepe De Chine is the G major of silks. CDC can used for anything, from dresses to tops to skirts, just as G major is the key in Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

B major : Gazar

This key has a lot of sharps. The key itself tells you where to go, rigid like a silk gazar. Combine gazar with CDC and you get the perfect balance of hard and soft, confidence and doubt, security and fomo, like the first two chords of Radiohead’s Creep, G major to B major.