Fancy Appliques can add drama to cocktail dresses, and elegance to bodices and bomber jackets. An applique is a piece of needlework used to decorate a garment. Fabrics pieces of varying sizes and shapes are sewn onto a larger piece, creating a pattern. The term applique comes from the Latin "applicare" and the French "appliquer." Add fancy appliques to bridal gowns or table runners to add sophistication and charm.