It is true that lace-making suffered a great decline during the recession that was associated with the French Revolution. However, it came back to rule in the late 1800s.
Two thumbs up to Queen Victoria for showing endless admiration to lace back in 1897. Note the matching skirt, veil, and fan! (If it’s not your wedding dress, only a royalty can do that!)
This photo by Alexi Lubomirski beautifully illustrates the elegance of lace in the 1020’s.
I love the way lace is proudly worn by Spanish women, in the form of a Mantilla. Made of silk and lace, it is associated with deeply rooted traditions, and devotional practices of women in Catholicism. Being very fond of it, Queen Isabel II of Spain was the one who brought it into the 19th century Spanish high society, declaring it as a symbol of elegance, as it still is today. Brides from all over the world has adopted this trend over the past couple of centuries.
Designed by MGM’s Helen Rose, using 25 yards of silk taffeta, almost 100 yards of tulle, as well as a 125-years-old Valenciennes rose point lace, while the veil covered with lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls… Here’s a tribute to the one & only Grace Kelly, wearing the most iconic lace wedding dress. Ever. Period.
Princess Grace’s wedding dress served as an inspiration, fifty-five years later, for Kate Middleton, who married Prince William in a dress designed by Sarah Burton, for Alexander McQueen.
How about another perspective on the origins of the custom of integrating lace into wedding dresses?
As told by Stefania from myitalianwedding.co.uk, it was believed that the story behind lace-making in Burano, Italy, goes as the following: Once upon a time, there was a fisherman. He was fishing in the lagoon on his wedding eve, when a siren tried to seduce him with her enchanting music. He resisted her, and while she was leaving, she bit his boat with her tail… & from the foam of the water, a wonderful veil came out. The fisherman decided to give it to his bride.
On the day of the wedding, the bride was so beautiful that all the girls of Burano tried to make a veil as beautiful as hers, starting the well-known tradition of Burano embroidery from that day on… (Find Barbara Zanon Photography here)
Finally, to emphasize the incredible craftsmanship lace-making requires, I found a great article here, where Sylvie reports that the following wedding dress, made at end of the 19th century in Burano, took 5 years to be completed by 21 women! (Find Calvina Photography here)