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Lace Museum in Old Calais Factory

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In the age of factory remodeling, a 19th century lace factory in Calais, France was turned into a museum, housing the exact thing it used to produce. The museum not only houses archived piece from fashion history that utilized lace, but also swatch books and the machinery used to produce lace when it changed from handwork to industrial production. While lace is still used in fashion, and particularly intimates, the industry has severely dwindled compared to past centuries. The movements to remove the frills in fashion from the ‘60s and other decades began to depopularize this trim that used to be on of the most desirable and expensive parts of a garment. Perhaps collections such as the one housed in Calais will bring attention back to the artistry of lace, and reintegrate this antiquated trimming back into fashion.

 

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 Above: From Stylesight’s own Vintage Archive: a piece of lace from the 1893 Columbian Exposition with a nautical motif. If modern lace was this amazing, I’m sure we would see a lot more of it.

 

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