The dominance of interesting fabrics as a source of inspiration to the designer and as a lure to the consumer was more apparent than ever in 1959 fashions. Opulence and elegance were synonymous; silks were so rich and impressive in "body" and design that they recalled the Edwardian and Victorian eras. Tweeds were more fine and often mixed with silk. Cottons were superfine and ultra-feminine, with batiste and cotton chiffon prominently reintroduced. clothes in wool invariably stressed light weight and suppleness, and many were as porous as knits.