These days satin fabrics are in eclipse. They have moved in and out of fashion and desirability for hundreds of years, and will do so again, and again, as the dialog that is the Attire language proceeds to describe our changing feelings about ourselves over the centuries, and millennia.
But there is something quite extraordinary about satin.
So, back to satin. The real origins of the weave go back to China, and are lost in time. But as early as the Middle Ages in Europe, silk satins were available to the very wealthy, since they had to be imported from the East. For centuries they were entirely the province of wealth and power, so, over time they've acquired a veneer of luxe, of exclusivity that they perhaps don't fully deserve any longer.