From French peau de soie ‘skin of silk’, perhaps originally a trademark.
peau de soie (uncountable)
- A heavy closely-woven silk fabric, faced with satin on both sides.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 611:
- She was in pale violet peau de soie, and a hat so beguiling that Kit was only momentarily surprised to find himself with an erection.