Lace fan

Brussels Mixed, a combination of bobbin and needle lace, is secured to mother of pearl staves and shaped to create this elegant fan. The needle lace in the central rose design is gauzy point de gaze, while the border is Duchesse de Bruxelles bobbin lace. Note the delicate etching and metallic tracing on the mother of pearl.


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Do you consider lace feminine, and if so, why?

responded: Jan 29, 2012

Posted by Michaela A

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Lace is a fabric that I consider to be very feminine. Many types of lace are very elaborately crafted and therefore are often delicate in nature. This is a quality traditionally associated with the female gender, therefore lace is very rarely used in men’s modern fashion. Lace is quite often used in women’s dresses in flowing and romantic style such as the Michael Kors baby doll dress featured which emphasizes the feminine perception of the fabric even further. The patterns within the lace itself often feature floral motifs; designs which are predominantly found in textiles used in women’s apparel. Lace is an extremely popular fabric used in women’s undergarments, particularly in lingerie. Since only women must wear brassieres the openwork textile is once again correlated with female qualities and purposes. Another typically female purpose lace is frequently linked to is in bridal wear. For many years bridal gowns have been constructed from lace or have featured lace detail. This associates lace with the most basic of female gender roles—the wife. Though at one time lace was considered to be highly fashionable and a symbol of status for both men and women (its rise in popularity began during the 16th century), it is not surprising that the acceptance of lace in menswear has declined over time due to so many affiliations of the fabric with feminine attributes.

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