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Selvedge. Issue 82, Lace.

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Selvedge (London, England)

London : Selvedge Ltd., 2018.
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91, [5] pages : illustrations ; 24 x 25 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NK8800 .S45+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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"... In the 19th century, lace instigated the famous Luddite riots, a series of attacks on factory looms in the UK, and was a catalyst for the smuggling of looms from Nottingham to St Pierre and Calais. Lace is, simultaneously, the darling of the haute couture fashion industry and a source of ridicule when used to shield prying eyes in suburban dwellings. In this issue, we unpick this most complex of materials, visualising the working of Leaver looms, tracing its history from Nottingham to Honiton and Calais, and examining its political status in the form of the veil. This emotive material is a favourite amongst contemporary artists who manipulate its scale and substance to comment on gender and a myriad other messages lace conveys. Architects, on the other hand, enjoy its structural qualities of strength and delicacy. Finally enjoy the elegant beauty of lace observed in the photographs of Christine Mathieu on display at Calais' Cite Dentelle Mode museum, and as we look forward to the spectacle of a Royal Wedding we wonder if Meghan Markle will choose a dress of Cluny lace -- or maybe she will choose something by the American designer Vera Wang?"--Polly Leonard, page 3.
Subject Terms:
Bobbin lace.
Chompré, Tuulikki.
Lace -- In art.
Lace and lace making.
Lace industry.
Needlepoint lace.
Textile design.
Textile fabrics.
Wang, Vera.
Wedding costume.
Mathieu, Christine.

  • Wedding list: big ideas for the big day / by Polly Leonard
  • Guiding hand: Tuulikki Chompré's lace collars
  • Shop talk no 9: Jane Audas goes shopping at Merci
  • Blue yonder: flax takes to the skies / by Hilary Burns
  • Dance yourself dizzy: whirling dervishes: a ritual in cloth / photographed by Charles Fréger
  • Crème de la crème: the history of Calais lace by Genevieve Woods / by Rhonda Brown
  • Swatch: favourite fabric no. 42: Honiton lace / by Sarah Jane Downing, illustrated by Thomas Radclyffe
  • Ice queen: Vera Wang's bridal wear / by Kate Cavendish
  • Trouble in paradise: Liz Hoggard goes behind the scenes at Hand & Lock with Juliet Ferry / photography by Alun Callender
  • Sing for your supper: what did history's lacemakers think about their customers? / by David Hopkin
  • Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer: Sarah E. Braddock Clarke finds this season's collections a sheer delight
  • A hat trick: Christine Mathieu at Calais' Cite Dentelle Mode museum
  • Straight-laced: leather and lace an enduring relationship / by Kate Cavendish
  • Lift the veil: a cloth held hostage by the western gaze / by Niloufar Haidari
  • Curtain twitchers: the democratisation of lace / by Nicola Donovan, illustrated by Emmanuel Pierre
  • Black holes: the exploration of absence / by Amanda Briggs-Goode
  • Walk a fine line: a guided walk through a city built on lace / by Chris Matthews, illustrated by Susy Pilgrim-Waters
  • Point d'Alençon: the lace of queens and the queen of lace / by Sarah Jane Downing
  • Drawn thread work: lace structure in architectural design / by Bradley Quinn.

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