Lace - Timeless Wedding Fabric

Photo by Matt Kim

So subtle, so refined, and so elegant–lace is probably our most favorite fabric choice. It is regal in an old fashioned way. Glamorous without being pretentious, vintage without seeming dated.
Lace is perfectly romantic and is a true example of craftsmanship. The intricate patterns are both demure and sophisticated. Lace can be best described

as an ornamental, openwork textile that has motifs created by the looping and twisting of threads. It was first developed in 16th Century Europe and was sometimes named for its place of origin, such as Alencon and Chantilly, both lovely towns in France. Since lace was all handmade, it was a painstaking process and quite a skill, thus making it extremely prized and very expensive due to its labor intensive process. It gained major popularity as a fabric used in the wedding world when Queen Victoria wore a lace veil on her wedding day. To this day many stylish brides incorporate it into their weddings.
There are many different types of lace, so here is a quick breakdown, which will help you be an educated consumer when trying on bridal gowns.
Alencon Lace - our favorite. This is sometimes referred to as needlepoint lace, characterized by ornamental patterns that are outlined with heavy silk cord on a fine net ground. Look at Monique Lhuillier’s designs for she is quite a fan of this type of lace.
Chantilly Lace - this type has a delicate floral and ribbon motifs on a net ground.
Guipure Lace - characterized by raised, sculptural motifs that are combined together or sewn into a coarse feeling net. Perfect for appliques on ballgowns.
Point d’Esprit - is a sheer net lace with lots of tiny dots. It is wonderfully showcased when used in layers for a skirt or as an overly for a bodice. It creates a light, airy feel to any gown.
Lace lends a soft, feminine touch to the wedding day and is the perfect choice for a modern woman who embraces vintage style and high fashion. Lace gowns look lovely in modified a-lines or mermaid styles. Lace appliques enhance gowns constructed from organza, silk, or faille.

However you choose to wear it, there is timeless beauty with lace.


1 Comment so far

  1. Jess September 11th, 2009

    Love this photo! Great descriptions of the different kinds of lace too– so helpful!

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