We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Lamé?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Just about everyone has heard of some sort of lamé for eveningwear or costuming for theater and variety show productions. However, there are other applications for this fabric that incorporates metallic fibers that may not be as well known.

Lamé is a shimmering material that is created by combining metallic fibers and natural or synthetic fibers into a woven or knit fabric. The high gloss finish makes it a very striking material that catches the smallest lights and seems to give a sense of movement to any garment created with the material. Gold and silver lamé are often the most common types of the fabric in use, although in recent years, copper fibers have been used in the metallic cloth to good effect.

As the basis for striking clothing, lamé finds its most common uses for theatrical costumes. Often used for such applications as stage variety shows, movies, television and musical concerts, this metallic fabric is associated in the minds of many as being a sign of glamor. It is certainly true that gold or silver material adds a touch of fun to just about any occasion. From evening dresses to wraps for the ladies to cummerbunds and tuxedo scarves for the men, it can make even a dressy outfit seem a little dressier.

These days, several other applications for lamé have gained ground. One of the more creative uses today has to do with wrapping gifts. Gift bags made with it are a great way to wrap a present such as a bottle of wine or gifts of food and other types of drink. Applications of the material to the exterior of gift boxes create the ideal container for everything from shirts and socks to books to jewelry. In fact, giving a gift that is wrapped in lamé is like giving two gifts. If the actual present does not impress the receiver, the container will often be much appreciated.

Lamé has gained a lot of ground as a material for use around the home as well. For instance, it can add some visual interest to a bedroom. Along with simple window panels that catch every bit of light, it can also be employed as material for bed curtains. Pearl colors in particular can be used in the bedroom to soften the hard lines of the furnishings and make the room seem more inviting. Elsewhere in the home, the fabric can be a great choice for holiday linens such as pillow covers, table cloths, and as draping material for piano tops and fireplace mantels.

In fact, lamé can go a lot of places and do a lot of things. From an evening out to appearing on the stage and moving on to enhancing the look of the home, it is a versatile material. Available in most fabric stores, lamé comes in several metallic finishes, so there is something for just about any application.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon80504 — On Apr 27, 2010

what does lame feel like? does it feel like a smooth vinyl? or Pvc? or like a fabric like a t-shirt?

By anon66426 — On Feb 19, 2010

I wonder where you can buy the material? does anybody know?

By anon48478 — On Oct 12, 2009

Thanks for the info.

By anon27856 — On Mar 06, 2009

It does get damaged by swimming in salt or chlorine, any lame garment needs to be treated carefully and worn as little as possible. Seriously, I've gone through a few lame garments because they barely last if they're a favorite.

By mdt — On May 14, 2008

You would need to consult the manufacturer of the garment to be sure. Lame, like all material, will only stand up to so much wear under certain conditions. Depending on how the lame was treated during the manufacturing process, it may work fine to allow the garment to double as a swimsuit. But I would make sure to have the word of the manufacturer before I invested money in purchasing the garment.

By redcreme87 — On May 13, 2008

does lamé get damaged after multiple exposures to salt water? a store is selling a body suit that looks like a beautiful swimming suit and I was wondering if I could use it as a swimming suit for the summer.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.