Draper

Draper is the now largely obsolete[citation needed] term for a wholesaler, or especially retailer, of cloth, mainly for clothing, or one who works in a draper's shop. A draper may additionally operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher. The drapers were an important trade guild. A number of prominent people were at one time or another drapers:

In 1724 Jonathan Swift wrote, in the guise of a draper, Drapier's Letters, a series of satirical pamphlets.

Current usage

In more modern usage, the term may indicate a highly-skilled position in a fashion design or costume design studio, specifically the one tasked with creating garments or patterns by draping fabric over a dress form. (Draping being a method in contrast with drafting, where the pattern for the garment is initially worked out from measurements on paper, though both sets of skills would normally be expected for the position.) This position may also be referred to as first hand - both because this person is often the most skilled in the workshop, and because theirs is literally the "first hand" to work with the cloth for a garment.

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  • draper — [ drape ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1636; « fabriquer le drap » 1225; de drap I ♦ V. tr. 1 ♦ Techn. Convertir (une étoffe de laine) en drap par le foulage, le lainage, etc. Spécialt Effectuer le lainage de (une étoffe). ⇒ lainer. 2 ♦ (1677) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Draper — heißen die Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Draper (Pennsylvania) Draper (South Dakota) Draper (Utah) Draper (Virginia) Draper (Wisconsin) Draper ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charles Stark Draper (1901–1987), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Draper — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Draper es una ciudad en el condado de Salt Lake, estado de Utah, Estados Unidos. Se encuentra a unos 30 km al sur de Salt Lake City, a lo largo del Wasatch Front en la cordillera Wasatch. Entre los años 1990 y 2000,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • draper — DRAPER. v. a. Couvrir de drap. Il ne se dit au propre que Des carrosses, des litières et des chaises à porteurs, qu on couvre de deuil. Draper un carrosse, draper une chaise. f♛/b] Il se dit aussi absolum. Les Princes, les Ducs drapent. Le Roi… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Draper — Draper, SD U.S. town in South Dakota Population (2000): 92 Housing Units (2000): 57 Land area (2000): 0.643974 sq. miles (1.667886 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.643974 sq. miles (1.667886 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • draper — Draper. v. a. Couvrir de drap. Il ne se dit au propre que des carrosses, des litieres, & des chaises à porter, &c. qu on couvre de deuil. Draper un carrosse. draper une chaise. le Roy drape de violet, & les Cardinaux aussi. Il sign. fig. Railler… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Draper, SD — U.S. town in South Dakota Population (2000): 92 Housing Units (2000): 57 Land area (2000): 0.643974 sq. miles (1.667886 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.643974 sq. miles (1.667886 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Draper, UT — U.S. city in Utah Population (2000): 25220 Housing Units (2000): 6588 Land area (2000): 30.343507 sq. miles (78.589319 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.006263 sq. miles (0.016222 sq. km) Total area (2000): 30.349770 sq. miles (78.605541 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • draper — (n.) mid 14c. (mid 12c. as a surname), one who weaves and/or sells cloth, from Anglo Fr. draper, O.Fr. drapier (13c.) draper, clothes seller, clothes maker, agent noun from drap (see DRAPE (Cf. drape) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • draper — Draper, actiu. acut. Est faire de toutes façons un drap, comme, si vous disiez Pannare, pannos conficere. Selon ce on dit, Il drappe bien, Optimus pannifex est. Draper aussi par metaphore se prend pour harper et prendre l autruy sous pretexte de… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Draper — Dra per, n. [F. drapier.] One who sells cloths; a dealer in cloths; as, a draper and tailor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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