Friday, September 18, 2009

LACE: NEW SPINS ON AN OLD TRADITION


Max Chaoul
Lace as we know it evokes images of woven florals and scalloped edges on flounced skirts and collars. Though these time-honored looks will always be with us, lately we're seeing new spins on the use of lace in bridal wear. Not only are the traditionals like Alencon and Chantilly now used in cutting edge ways, new inventions in knit and revivals in cotton and crocheted laces are showing up. Some of it is being used discreetly on no more than a sleeve or yoke while the high drama of donning all over lace from collar to hemline is chic as well.

Rosa Clara


Stephanie Allin


Cunningham
Neil

Luisa Beccaria
Colored laces in designer collections range from the palest cream to dark ecru and pastels. I've even spotted some water-colored peau d'ange laces in a custom collection.
Here are some gowns—all lacy in some way-- that combine aspects from the finest eras styled with the contemporary bride in mind.

Colette Dinnigan
Above and below are gowns in knit and cotton laces, definitely a new spin to traditional. For the eco-conscious bride, most could easily be reworn post-wedding.
Manuel Mota



Above and below: What could be more practical than these romantic looking separates?

Elspeth Gibson


Don't you just love them? I found these little bit modern, little bit romantic Roberto Cavalli lace boots in Spanish Vogue

Givenchy


Justin Alexander
Embroidered lace combined with embellishments




Photo: ejones photography/All Rights Reserved

Above:: Chantilly lace bodice and organza shawl with border

The history of lace making deserves an entire book or docudrama in itself and the art of making it goes back in time further than some fabric weaving. Knotting techniques actually trace back to basket making. As lace making evolved into an art form, so did demand for it.

Like fabric has a weave, lace has different patterns. Here are a few of the most common:

Alencon-Floral patterns on mesh or net background outlined in cording. Has a three-dimensional look.

Chantilly-Floral or foliage designs on a net background. Generally has a scalloped edge.

Cluny-Crocheted lace in heavy cotton also known as Irish lace. Chic in the swinging 1960s for mini wedding dresses and granny gowns.

Eyelet-Actually a woven cotton with eyelet cutouts and embroidery.

Peau d'Ange-Delicate version of Chantilly lace made with a flossier yarn.

Schiffli-Embroidered design on a mesh or organza background. Typically has a scalloped border.

Venice-Heavy lace with raised designs. Usually a single motif with an open background.

Gown by Amy-jo Tatum










Above Left: Allover Chantilly lace wedding dress.

Chantilly lace with scalloped edge

Above: Peau d'Ange lace. A delicate version of Chantilly



Eyelet bodice detail: eyelets and embroidery






Full view of eyelet dress







Gowns by Amy-Jo Tatum

2 comments:

nina said...

Nice post! Lace is so fabulous...it never goes out of style :-)

Natalie said...

I L-O-V-E love lace!!!!