Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Lace Around

[Examples of super feminine lace contrasted with rugged, masculine materials abound in Out of Africa. Hopefully you can make out the curtains pictured below. Click images to enlarge.] 

For the past year and a half or so, I've shared news of lace-related exhibitions whenever something interesting is on my radar. Several examples have included less-expected interpretations ranging from Elise Benjamin's copper cheongsam to Marcel Wanders's Crochet Chair, recently acquired by the High.

And one of my own all-time favorite lace-like things is the previously posted marble jali in Doris Duke's bedroom.

But today I'm posting a reminder about a beautiful exhibition of the classic handmade textile: Gems of European Lace recently opened at The Met and will remain on view through January 13, 2013.

[Photo of Michelle Dockery by Perry Ogden for LA Times Magazine, January 2012, 
with styling by Grace Cobb.]

Just before and also during the Downton Abbey era, antique (and, at the time, vintage) lace was popular with American women. Some became serious collectors, always on the hunt for lace with an aristocratic connection. The Met says its substantial collection is as strong as it is today because of these generous lace junkies who later gave their pieces to the Museum.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

The best part of that movie though has to be Meryl's accent! I could listen to it all day long.
There really is something quite lovely about lace, but decidely un masculine!

Style Court said...

Stefan -- agreed :) I could have the movie on in the background 24/7.

In general I'm not a lace curtain person but in Blixen's house (the movie interpretation esp) they work. Maybe it has to do with the landscape beyond or all the masculine anchors.