Lace Bridesmaid Dresses
History and Origin
There is a lot of uncertainty about the time frame when lace was first discovered. However, there is an overall concurrence today that lace is relatively recent fabric due to the fact of the difficulty in categorizing any of the vintage samples maintained from an earlier time than the early 1600’s.
As an ornate fabric, lace gained much popularity during the 1600’s. Making lace involved a technique which is still used today called open-work. Open-work, as a technique used to create holes or gaps in dense fabric for decorate purposes. Additionally, there were two forms of making lace, bobbin lace and needle lace. For needle lace, only one needle and thread is used, whereas bobbin lace requires interweaving a large number of threads. Although initially lace thread was made from metallic gold, silk, and linen, by the beginning of the nineteenth century cotton began to dominate. [Continue reading..]
Lace as Art
The top artisans making lace, setup top of the line shops in several parts of Europe such as France and Italy. High end lace making was a complicated and truly artistic process. This was mainly due to the fact that several authoritative individuals were involved in the process of making lace. First, a design was created and sketched out by an artist. Second, the artist’s designs were transformed to parchment by a pattern maker. Finally, an experienced lace maker would take the patterns and convert them into lace.
As a result of the complexity involved in producing lace, it was costly and could only be afforded by the affluent. With the changes in fashion that occurred, lace makers responded by constantly changing their creations. Although lace was originally worn only by women during the sixteenth century, men’s fashions began to incorporate lace around the eighteenth century. The extreme amount of money that was paid for lace garments, motivated the governing rulers to restrict the importation of lace from other countries. These import restrictions were called Sumptuary laws, and failed to produce any of the protections that they intended and imported lace was brought in illegally all over Europe.
Technology in Lace Making
The collapse of the French government during the French Revolution nearly destroyed the lace industry at the end of the eighteenth century. But all was not lost due to the industrial revolution which produced a machine that could make the most difficult part of lace at speed and precision that outmatched the best artisans and designers of the day. During the 1850’s handmade and machine lace was blended and more patterns emerged. Despite the advancing machinery lace made by hand still had a demand amongst the wealthy.
Today, lace is made using heavier plain fabrics and the designs that are produced are radically different from those made previously. Due to the variety of lace it has become affordable for almost any budget. Although there are very high end and expensive bridesmaid dresses that are truly exquisite, lower priced lace bridal dresses have many of the same qualities. The assortment of styles and colors that are available provide many choices to find the perfect bridesmaid dress.