|1908 Wedding gown|
of French Valenciennes lace!
Some can be turned into gowns as in this wedding gown, 1908 of Ivory silk and satin with French Valenciennes lace to adorn it.
Many laces are strong enough to be incorporated into sleepware as in this fine lawn nightgown of Valenciennes lace, circa 1880s.
|1880s fine lawn nightgown with Valenciennes Lace!|
But babies wear lace, too! The recent christening of Prince Louis was the occasion for the British royal family to bring out its newest version of Honiton lace christening gown. The previous one, worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has been retired, it seems, after use by 62 royal babies including Her Majesty.
In French towns, such as Chantilly north of Paris in suburbs, lace was a favored business. The local aristocrats encouraged the production of lace and Louis XIV, XV and XVI wore it, used it and were criticized for doing so. The French even decreed that a table should be set, fork tines down, so that one's lace cuffs should not catch on them!
|19th century English Honiton lace collar and cuffs!|
Here a picture I took in the Chateau of Villandry where the table is set for dinner, 19th century period, fork down.
|Chateau Villandry dinner table, fork tines down!|
|Chantilly French lace, 17th century|
|1890 French Valenciennes lace wedding gown!|
This last gown is a dream! If I were getting married in 1890, I would swoon to have this dress!
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