drapery

[noun]

drā′pə-rē

Cloth or clothing gracefully arranged in loose folds.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

A piece or pieces of heavy fabric hanging straight in loose folds, used as a curtain.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

Cloth; fabric.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

The business of a draper.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

The occupation of a draper; the trade of making or of selling cloth.

from The Century Dictionary.

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Examples For drapery

Folded drapery is placed across the bust and over her shoulder.

First to appear onstage, in front of the eponymous crimson drapery, is Nate Newton as Hieronymus the Host, a largely mute M.C. who's dressed like an organ-grinder's monkey, with red sequined suspenders and a too-small red sequined top hat.

Folded drapery is placed across the bust and over her shoulder.

The hardware for such drapery is difficult to manage, especially those terrible drapery hooks.

In this mortal frame of mine which is made of a hundred bones and nine orfices there is something, and this something is called a wind-swept spirit for lack of a better name, for it is much like a thin drapery that is torn and swept away at the slightest stir of the wind.

The hardware for such drapery is difficult to manage, especially those terrible drapery hooks.

The drapery is Greek, with one trifling variation, -- the fastening of the dress is shown upon the right shoulder.

They sometimes lay carelessly about the house, and whenever she saw the tall chimney of his sash-and-blind factory looming above the blank date-line she always looked for a female in Greek drapery seated on a cogged wheel at the base of it.

Their clothing, or rather drapery, is a mystery, for it covers and drapes perfectly, yet has no make, far less fit, and leaves every graceful movement unimpeded.

Yes, for she looked; the frame was only some native reeds or canes and a bit of board; the rest was white muslin drapery, which would pack away in a very few square inches of room, but now hung in pretty folds around the glass and covered the frame.

Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

Drapery.

Drapery is a general word referring to cloths or textiles (Old French draperie, from Late Latin drappus[1]). It may refer to cloth used for decorative purposes – such as around windows – or to the trade of retailing cloth, originally mostly for clothing, formerly conducted by drapers.

In art history, drapery refers to any cloth or textile depicted, which is usually clothing. The schematic depiction of the folds and woven patterns of loose-hanging clothing on the human form, with ancient prototypes, was reimagined as an adjunct to the female form by Greek vase-painters and sculptors of the earliest fifth century and has remained a major source of stylistic formulas in sculpture and painting, even after the Renaissance adoption of tighter-fitting clothing styles. After the Renaissance, large cloths with no very obvious purpose are often used decoratively, especially in portraits in the grand manner; these are also known as draperies.

Fresco of Mithras and the Bull from the mithraeum at Marino, (3rd century CE)

For the Greeks, as Sir Kenneth Clark noted,[2] clinging drapery followed the planes and contours of the bodily form, emphasizing its twist and stretch: "floating drapery makes visible the line of movement through which it has just passed.... Drapery, by suggesting lines of force, indicates for each action a past and a possible future." Clark contrasted the formalized draperies in the frieze at Olympia with the sculptural frieze figures of the Parthenon, where "it has attained a freedom and an expressive power that have never been equalled except by Leonardo da Vinci". Undraped male figures, Clark observed, "were kept in motion by their flying cloaks."

In Interior Design, Drapery refers almost exclusively to window treatment, either as a focal point in front of the window opening or as a blind to prevent focus on the view beyond the opening. There is general agreement that Drapery in Design is more substantial and weightier than other window treatments such as Curtain paneling. Drapes are also normally lined, whereas Curtain panels normally are not. Drapery is also considered a relatively permanent installation, adding an integral element to the room's design by adding color or pattern to complement the rest of the architectural and soft elements.

  1. ^ "Perhaps of Celtic origin" OED.
  2. ^ Clark, The Young Johneey: A Study in Ideal Form 1956:245ff.

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