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Just Arrived Alencon & Chantilly Lace from France

December 3, 2010

By Laurie

Take a look at our new Alencon & Chantilly Lace from France. What a beautiful Romantic way to embellish your gown.  Some of the most elegant brides using lace ranged from Grace Kelly to Ivanka Trump. Lace has long been a treasured decorative element for fashion, especially bridal fashion. Cherished for its delicate workmanship and airy patterns, lace has been worn as an adornment since the 15th Century. Alencon Lace and Chantilly Lace Become Popular.

Here is a little history on lace:

The French lacemaking industry was founded in the late 17th Century in response to the intense demand for lace among the lavish French courts. Louis XIV’s finance minister became so alarmed at all of the money flowing out of France to buy lace that he started a domestic lacemaking center in Alençon in Normandy. Most laces were named after their town of origin, and Alençon lace is one of the most popular forms of lace on the market today, especially for bridal gowns. The lace was characterized by its floral motifs which were created on a light mesh ground. Re-embroidered Alençon features a heavier stitch which is used to outline the flowers and add depth.Many other famous laces were designed in France, including Chantilly, Lyons, Calais, and Valenciennes.

Lace veils and lace bridal gowns became an enduring favorite for brides in the Victorian era and beyond. Families would purchase the best lace veil they could afford, which became a treasured heirloom to be passed down through future generations. From Renaissance times, fine handwork was considered one of the few appropriate pasttimes for elegant ladies, and young women spent years creating the lace trimmed goods that were to make up their wedding trousseaus. By the 19th Century, less laborious techniques for creating handcrafted lace had been invented, such as Irish lace (technically a very fine crochet), which allowed middle class Victorian ladies to make these special pieces with greater ease.

By the 1920s, styles had been considerably simplified. There was one time when every woman, no matter how modern, wanted to wear lace, and that was on her wedding day. The boxy tea length shift dresses worn by 1920s brides were accented by voluminous veils of the finest Belgian lace. The veils were created in a Point de Gaze, which was a Belgian lace which had a very light effect. Roses, scrolls, and ribbons were created on a fine net, which made the lace soft and flowing. Brides in the 1920s offset the boyish nature of their short hair and shapeless dresses with feminine lace veils, often made from yards and yards of the precious material.

Grace Kelly Wedding Gown Sets Bridal Gown Style

Lace was used in many ways throughout the 50s. It was used as insets on the bodices of satin gowns. Dresses were created entirely out of Chantilly lace, with skirts of many lacy tiers using up to 80 yards of lace (of course, by then, mass production had brought the price down considerably). As the decade wore, on, stiffer gowns became the fashion, especially ones inspired by the gown of Grace Kelly, whose wedding attire was estimated to have required 300 yards of the finest Valenciennes lace. She not only wore a gown with lace, but an exquisite lace veil which featured an estimated 1000 pearls. American brides rushed to find bridal gowns which were styled like the one worn by the new Princess of Monaco. This ushered in a demand for heavier laces, especially Alençon, which was frequently used as an applique, rather than as whole cloth. Alençon lace was clipped apart and carefully stitched to background fabrics; matching lace trims were used to decorate the edges of the bridal veils. This technique was in large part what made the Priscilla of Boston gowns famous. Priscilla Kidder was known for her expertly crafted wedding gowns created from Alençon lace which had been painstakingly appliqued (often after being handbeaded with pearls and crystals) onto fine English net.

Princess Grace Kelly

Ivanka Trump


And are some pictures of our new laces…


Top-Ribbon Alencon lace Bottom-Small Alencon Lace border

Chantilly Lace

Silver Metallic Chantilly Lace

Alencon Lace with Appliques

Gold Metallic lace

Alencon Lace Border Lace

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dorothy staley permalink
    December 8, 2010 4:53 PM

    Great Posting informative and concise
    Correct spelling of alencon in initial picture
    Of laces in email

  2. June 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    It’s not my first time to pay a visit this site, i am browsing this website dailly and take good facts from here all the time.

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