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The International City of Lace and Fashion

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The International City of Lace and Fashion in Calais, France is a museum that celebrates the history, production and application of lace. With a nod to Calais’ rich legacy of lace manufacturing, the gallery space is housed in a restored Boulart lace and tulle factory. Architecture firm Moatti et Rivière enlarged the 1870s historic mill with a contemporary, delicately screen printed flowing glass façade.

The City of Lace hosts ongoing and temporary exhibitions, lectures, workshops on lace manufacturing, and interactive looms. The museum’s expansive archives includes a resource center that contains over 12,000 fashion reviews from the late 18th century and a fashion textile library of over 3,000 books. The “tissutheque” fabric library features 1,500 machine-made lace registers that contain over 500,000 samples of Calais lace from 1838 to 1940.

On view until November 7th, The Spirit of Lingerie highlights the importance and prominence of Calais lace throughout the history of lingerie.

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