Now the DRAPE of fabric is about body type, (or somatype – that’s Greek for body type) – ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph, and this is not necessarily obvious from apparance, but from ‘feel’.
Someone who is skeletal (ectomorph) needs a stiffer more structured fabric, because if you put them in a highly drapey/floppy fabric like chiffon, it makes the jutting bones appear more prominent. The stiffer fabric will stand away from the body and create more structure.
This very drapy fabric is not suited to this ectomorph body and would suit an endomorph. It looks floppy and without substance.
If you are more muscular (mesomorph) – you need some stiffness, and some drape in your fabrics – denim is often a favourite fabric for the muscular type (there is a firmness to the flesh when pressed with an open palm on the tops of thighs and tops of arms).
Someone who is cushioned (endomorph – and this model is not an endomorph, but the fabric has a nice drape that would suit an endomorph) has a kind of squidgy feel when pressed, and needs a fabric with more drape – now drape is not about the thick or thiness of the fabric, but of the way the fabric falls, so they need clothes that drape more closely to the body, skimming without clinging to create the best silhouette (the cushioned person often finds jeans very hard to buy and they don’t find them comfortable to wear for long periods).
This chiffon dress has great drape for an endomorph – it flows beautifully over the model’s figure.
The taffeta coat is too stiff a fabric for an endomorph and it doesn’t suit her cushioned figure – taffeta is suited more to a ectomorph or mesomorph body.