Lace is delicate fabric woven in a web-like pattern with open holes which involves designing a pattern for the lace on paper or fabric material, in which it is then fixed to a firm cushion like surface and many needles are placed onto the guide lines of the pattern and then threads are wrapped around the needles. Lacing making is a technique dated back in the 1400s and originally linen, silk, gold and silver threads were used. Nowadays, cotton and synthetic fiber threads are commonly used. Traditional lace making is a time consuming and complicated process; hence, machineries are used to manufacture lace today.
There are historical evidences to suggest that the technique was developed in the early 1400s in Flanders, which is now on the border between France and Belgium. Initially, lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church and by the mid-1500s, the popularity of lace became widespread in Europe.
Although there may be periods of fluctuating popularity of lace, it is timeless and never goes out of fashion. There is something about it that exudes exquisiteness and romance and its ability to relive and reminisce the old times. The see-through detail provides an unparalleled degree of sophistication conveying a sense of elegance and sexiness at the same time. Also, lace is versatile, as it can be used to create many different looks and styles. For example, it can be used overlaying the entire wedding gown or only in certain parts of the gown. The beautiful things about vintage lace dresses are the complexity and superior quality lacework, unique pattern and softness.
Not all laces have the same quality and thickness – ideally, they should be soft and feather-like. In General, Modern or cheap lace is stiff, uncomfortable and itchy. True vintage lace is soft to touch and flows nicely and effortlessly. Hence, it is important to differentiate between the two. You should be mindful of the colour, design and to keep it simple, as you can potentially look gothic, trashy or over-decorated. Try to keep accessories to a minimum or to avoid it altogether.