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A Tangled Web: Ivan Sayers Lecture

Catch the fashion Historian at the Surrey Museum on Saturday, July 15th as he explores the history of lace and features pieces from his own collection.

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8 Things You Did Not Know About Lace

Fashion is often a reflection of current events in the world. The history of lace is a perfect example of life imitating art. Fashion Historian Ivan Sayers will explore this topic on Saturday, July at 15th 2:30 at the Surrey Museum. A Tangled Web will also feature rare lace from his own collection. Learn a bit about the extravagant fabric before the lecture.

  1. Italy, France and Belgium all claim to have invented lace but historians cannot be certain.
  2. The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace in both fashion, as well as home décor.
  3. St. John Francis Regis guided many women out of prostitution by establishing them in the lace making trade, making him the Patron Saint of lace making.
  4. The French lacemaking industry was founded in the late 17th Century in response to the intense demand for lace among the lavish French courts. Louis XIV's finance minister became so alarmed at all of the money flowing out of France to buy lace that he started a domestic lacemaking center in Alençon in Normandy.
  5. The 18th century was a time of luxury and the lace industry flourished with the demands of royal courts. People were so crazed for the status symbol they spent fortunes on the fabric.
  6. A one inch section could take a woman two hours to create and many lacemakers went blind from the countless hours spent working tiny threads into intricate patterns.
  7. Queen Victoria wed in 1840 in a white gown trimmed in lace and a veil of Honiton lace. Royalty had previously married in silver gowns and it is said she chose white so she could wear lace. Her decision spurred a fashion trend that is ongoing even today.
  8. World War II halted lace production in Europe. Following the end of the war and the re-emergence of the European fashion industry, lace once again gained its place as the pinnacle of high style.

A Tangled Web: With Ivan Sayers

Join the entertaining fashion historian for a history of lace in fashion from the 1700s–1960s. See a slide show presentation and samples from Ivan’s vast textile collection.  1 session $5
Saturday, July 15 from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Register at 604-592-6956 or online below.

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