LACE IN FASHION EXHIBITION- THE FASHION MUSEUM BATH
“In many cases it wasn’t the clothes themselves that cost a great deal, but the additions of lace that made the item so expensive…” by curator Elly Summers
From 16th century luxury craft to modern day catwalk trend, the Fashion Museum Bath’s brand new exhibition is a celebration of lace in fashion.
Lace in Fashion presents 50 exquisite pieces from the Fashion Museum collection showing how lace has been used in fashionable dress from the 1500s to the present day. Jacobean gloves decorated with rich gold metal thread lace and a delicate needle-lace cap back feature alongside dazzling drop-waisted dresses from the 1920s, an elegant lace effect evening gown by Parisian couturier, Balenciaga, and key catwalk looks by British global luxury brand Burberry and award-winning contemporary fashion designers including Erdem and Simone Rocha.
Lace has been a sign of style and elegance since the sixteenth century. From fine luxury garments worn by royals and the aristocracy to machine-made fashions for the everyday, our brand new exhibition for 2017 will reveal both the techniques and the top names that have made lace such an enduring fashion trend. Featuring 50 historic treasures and designer dresses, Lace in Fashion draws on the riches of the Fashion Museum collection to showcase the skill and seduction of this fashionable fabric.
Lace in Fashion is the culmination of a two year project to catalogue the Museum’s extensive archives of lace dating from the 1500s to the present day, supported by Arts Council England. Assisted by expert volunteers from the Lace Guild, we have been able to revaluate how lace is used in the Fashion Museum collection and uncover its journey from craft to catwalk.
The oldest object in the exhibition will be a smock dating from around 1580 with Flemish bobbin lace on the sleeves and collar, one of the earliest pieces in the Fashion Museum collection. Another of the Museum’s rarest treasures will also appear in the show: the Silver Tissue Dress which dates from the 1660s is trimmed with exquisite parchment lace, a rare and delicate fabric made using tiny strips of parchment or paper wrapped in silk.
Other highlights include a navy blue lace dress worn by actress Lea Seydoux in the James Bond film Spectre, which has been loaned to the Fashion Museum by Australian design duo Lover, as well as elegant evening gowns by top fashion names Balmain, Balenciaga and Molyneux.
Lace in Fashion will be on display from 4 February 2017 to 1 January 2018.