7.11.07

{laced with style}

{image: "newcastle" by wildquaver8 on flickr}

While I can appreciate the sheer prettiness and femininity of lace, I never imagined it coming back into fashion . . .

The history of lace dates as far back as the fifteenth century, when Charles the Fifth required lace-making to be taught in the schools and convents of the Belgian provinces. At this time, lace was solely based in fashion, mainly to replace embroidery as a means of transforming dresses to follow differing styles of fashion, since, unlike embroidery, lace could be removed from one material and placed on another.
Many styles and techniques of lacemaking have developed since, and almost all of them in these very Belgian provinces, making it known as the birthplace of lace.

The use of lacy patterns in design is not new (Marcel Wanders' 1996 Knotted Chair immediately comes to mind, or Thomas Paul's Gothic Dinner Plate Set). Below are a few examples of modern interpretations of this very old and very beautiful artform.

{A new use for the lace doily by Paul Lowe, via Emma's beautiful blog}


{A tear-sheet of an old Chloe advert, most likely from British Vogue}

{Lacy lamp at Glamchic}

{Window in the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur by Shilpi Singh}

{Pretty, lacy accessories from a tear sheet from (most likely) Gotham}

{Marcel Wanders Studio Crochet Chair, hand-crocheted and coated with a fibre resin--via Maison Lunatique}

{The amazing Gothic Excavator sculpture on the Belgian coast by the often controversial, always thought-provoking Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye}


{Renovated terrace house in Melbourne via All Things Bright and Beautiful}


{Lacy architectural features via Desire to Inspire}

Sand-blasted white carrera marble console via Maison Lunatique}

{Windowsill in Lanark, Scotland, taken this summer}

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30 Comments:

Blogger katiedid said...

Beautiful post! I especially like the crocheted chair and lace console!
And the Gothic Escavator is spectacular! :D

November 06, 2007  
Blogger All Things Bright and Beautiful....Creative Flair Chic said...

Dear Glamorous

thanks so much for the mention.

Love this lace post - esp the chair & the scoop!! That one made me laugh:-)

Still see you have your eye on the Lake Palace :-):-) Hope you get to visit there soon.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Mélanie said...

Wonderful belle mère's flat .
If she sells something let me know ...I'm kidding

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Mélanie said...

I love this lacy ambiance or should I say Lazy ..
The lacy lamp is terrific

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Katie--yes, the chair and console are a really fresh and innovative take on something that's been around for so long.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger perfect bound said...

beautiful. you make lace look so graphic as opposed to girly. I am saving this post as inspiration for when we go wedding dress shopping. lace is SO back on the menu.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger People St.Clair said...

oooh everything is so pretty, I really love that lacy lamp.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Creative Flair Chic--I thought the Excavator was quite charmingly humorous as well--it's a wonderful idea to take something that is so monstrous and metal and make it almost delicate.

And I'll always have my eye on the Lake Palace--I'm often in Europe, but have yet to make it to India . . .

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Hi Mélanie--yes, I've been trying to track down that lacy lamp--love the soft glow it emits!

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Perfect Bound! And also for noticing the graphic vs. girly--it's amazing how something that was once associated with our grandmothers' time can look so fresh and current. And yes--lace for wedding dresses--how pretty is that?

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thank you, People St. Clair--yes that lamp is one of my favourites.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Kate said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing :)

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Hello Kate--thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

November 07, 2007  
Anonymous melissa @ the inspired room said...

Very cool post! And interesting too! I have always loved lace, there was a movie which I cannot remember the name of (it was a scary movie) but they had lace curtains blowing through open windows everywhere and it was SO pretty!

My house doesn't work too well with most lace, but with the right pattern and weight (some lace can be tacky) I have been able to use it in two bedrooms. Including my own (you can see on my recent post!). Maybe mine is more of a crocheted lace, but never the less I like it!

I also think it is really pretty in clothing and shoes.

Great subject matter, thanks for bringing it up!

Melissa

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Things That Inspire said...

Loved this post, and I learned something too! Great images to illustrate the post.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Things that Inspire--when I was putting the post together, I was surprised by how many different lacy images I had from such a broad range of areas. It's always nice to see how things come together.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Cote de Texas said...

This is the prettiest post I've ever seen I think! Simply stunningly beautiful.

btw - thanks for your sweet comments, all three of them!!! hhahaa!!

Joni

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Style Saves the World said...

Great post! Chair and image with flower are my faves.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks so much, Joni! Very sweet of you to say, and I'm so sorry about the three comments--I just saw them now--who knows what happened there? :)

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Style Saves the World--the chair and crochet bowls are beautiful for certain.

November 07, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

And Melissa--so sorry I missed your comment! Just saw it now and went back to your blog to check out your very pretty lacy curtains and also happened to catch your most recent post about your day--hopefully the little critter has been found and things are looking up . . .

November 07, 2007  
Blogger Cote de Texas said...

Glamour: No problem, I actually loved it (the three comments!) hahah!!!!
so beautiful - this post! again!
Joni

November 08, 2007  
Blogger Sandra Evertson said...

You site is just Gorgeous! I will be back again and again!
Sandra Evertson

November 08, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Joni, for not minding the triple comments, and for the nice comment about this post, again :)

And thanks, so much, Sandra, for your comments--I'm so glad you found your way to this site and I look forward to your future visits.

November 08, 2007  
Blogger Laura said...

This post is so beautiful. I never fancied myself a lace girl at all, and then my wedding dress was covered in it and I loved it!

November 09, 2007  
Blogger Anna said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Too hard to choose a favourite but the Chloe ad is very hard to pass by!!
XO
Anna

November 13, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Laura--your wedding dress sounds lovely.

Thanks, Anna! And I'm crazy about that Chloe ad as well--she was on my inspiration board for ages.

November 13, 2007  
Blogger purple said...

Beautiful!!

November 18, 2007  
Blogger DesignFlute said...

This is a too beautiful a post! Just love it!

December 02, 2007  
Blogger Lara @ Southern Weddings said...

What a fabulous post! Loving all of these lacey lovely details~

August 13, 2008  

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