Thursday, March 17, 2016

LACE: NEW SPINS ON AN OLD TRADITION

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.
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.


Chantilly-Floral or foliage designs on a net background. Generally has a scalloped edge.
All of the above are examples of Chantilly lace.Photo1 by Lirette Photography//Hair by Salon Glam//Makeup by Prettyologie//Photo 2 by Carlene Imagery//Makeup and hair by Alicia DesmarisFlores///Photo 3 by Grace Kathryn//Hair and Makeup by Julie Morgan
Alencon-Floral patterns on mesh or net background outlined in cording. Has a three-dimensional look.. Photo by Sweet Light Studios//Hair and Makup by Cristal
Venice-Above:Heavy lace with raised designs. Usually a single motif with an open background. The above photo shows Venice lace on the sleeves combined with Chantilly laces on the bodice and cuffs.Below: A strip of Venice lace adorns a horsehair picture hat.
Eyelet-Actually a woven cotton with eyelet cutouts and embroidery//Photo by VetterPhotography//Hair by Lana//Makeup by Elite Stylist

Header Photo by Lirette Photography//All dresses and head chic by Amy-Jo Tatum

9 comments:

Sheila said...

Dear Amy-Jo,
Once again you show your talent – very different uses of lace, but all so beautiful!
I think perhaps my two favorites are photo 1, I love the head chic and the long gloves, and also the picture with the bride wearing the horsehair picture hat trimmed with Venice lace.
Congratulations and my best wishes,
Sheila

Melanie said...

Love the last pic with the eyelet dress! Very nice post on lace for brides.

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Rachel said...

I loved the hair-do with floral veil. And with spring season in peak, flowers will surely add a glittering effect with a beautiful lace gown.

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