Focus on fabrics: Lovely lace

August 8, 2014

Lace is undoubtedly elegant and classy, while still being light and whimsical. It's a great choice for a wedding dress for this very reason, and could be what you walk down the aisle in.

The history of lace

Lace-making is an ancient craft, and lace as we know it wasn't around until the 16th century. This is the kind created with loops, twists or braids without another fabric as a base. There are many types, including bobbin lace, needlelace, braid, tape, netting and embroidered lace. 

Whether a looser design or a tight texture, lace was a popular choice in the late 1500s. It was used to enhance collars and cuffs, making a garment extra beautiful.

A surge in popularity led to the machine lace being invented. John Healthcoat, in 1768, introduced the bobbin net machine. This created complex lace designed quickly and easily. 

Back in the day, linen, silk, gold or silver was used, but today more often than not lace is created out of cotton. 

Lace used for wedding dresses

The famous wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William was watched by an estimated two billion people around the world. Kate's stunning and timeless gown was embellished with lace, making it that much more special. 

Her dress had lace covering the bodice, and was unbacked on the shoulders and arms. This made the dress lighter, while still remaining appropriate for a royal wedding.

There was also a subtle hint of lace at the base of the dress, tapering off midway. This was a great way to add texture and style to the garment.

If you're looking for a way to make your dress that much more special, consider having lace sleeves, for a graceful and subtly sensual dress. And all over lace dress will be light and floaty, feminine and youthful.