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When you heard that Royal School of Needlework embroiderers hand-made the lace appliqué for Catherine's dress, did a mental picture come to mind? Great-grandmothers hunched over with needle and thread in hand? Men? Young students? This video offers an interesting look at the School as it exists in the 21st century. Of course, the segment was produced shortly before Sarah Burton's extraordinary design was revealed to the world but it's absolutely worth a look.
Lace in Fashion, a textile exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Victoria, just closed in January. At this point, copies of the companion catalogue appear to be hard to find in the U.S. (sorry about the pea sized image). Hopefully the book will become available when the NGV's online shop launches.
On the other side of the globe, in Birmingham, Alabama, another textile exhibition, A Stitch in Time, is set to open May 15 at the BMA. I realize it seems incongruous to mention this cultural happening in light of last week's natural disaster but I do want to help spread the word about the show. Focused on African-American stitching traditions in the Deep South, this exhibition draws from the Museum's expansive collection of American quilts including works by the Freedom Quilting Bee, Nora Ezell, Yvonne Wells, and Chris Clark.