Season after season, bridal gowns made of laces have graced the isles of many a wedding. There are many different types of laces and each one can lend its own unique style to a gown or accessory. When designing for my collections of wedding accessories, I base my designs on the current trends of bridal fashion and the materials used. With so many different types of laces being used today, it can be confusing for the bride when choosing accessories to compliment her gown.
To help the bride identify the many laces she will see in her pursuit for the perfect gown, I have listed along with images, the most important laces being used today in bridal fashion.
Similar to Alençon lace, but lighter weight with a thinner cord, giving a more delicate appearance
A town in northeast France, best know for the handmade bobbin laces. The half stitch is used, in place of the more solid whole stitch for the delicate designs of flowers caught together by flowing webs that give a fragile ethereal quality of gauzy trelliswork. It was the favorite of Marie Antoinette who was guillotined in 1793. Show in my collections plain or beaded.
Alencon Lace is Chantilly Lace, which has been re-embroidered with a very fine rayon cord.
Made of fine cotton and rayon of the finest quality, imported from France. A delicate yet durable lace that withstands beading and shaping beautifully. Show in my collections plain or beaded.
A pleasing pattern is stitched directly onto netting either by hand or machine.
A lace of varying thickness of thread available in hundreds of patterns. May be cut into motifs or used all over. Venise lace is typically made from either cotton or rayon.
The Cluny laces used in my collection are very special & unique. A special find, as they are no longer available. Hand made in China in small villages before the industrial manufactures made many of China’s beautiful old world handcraft skills obsolete. These exquisite laces are very hard to find.
Torchon lace is a bobbin lace that was made all over Europe. It is continuous, with the pattern notable for its simple geometric patterns and straight lines.
A few examples of how I have used laces in my collections.