The romance of lace and wedding gowns dates back to the primitive civilizations, but it became predominant from the reign of Queen Victoria. The wedding gown that she wore at her wedding with Prince Albert of Germany, in 1840, took 100 craftsmen, 6 months to craft. The ensemble included a veil and a train made of handmade lace.
The Queen made a revolution in her choice of her wedding gown color and material, in that age by commissioning the use of handcrafted lace over machine made ones that were in rage those days. The royal, white, lace wedding gown that created a history, had an everlasting influence on the entire bridal fashion industry which continues even to this date.
The use of lace has never remained restricted to gowns when it comes to a bridal trousseau. It has popularly and lovingly used in lingerie, veils, kerchiefs, décor, invitations. The feminine essence of lace that infused a charm and elegance in a wedding ambience was also used as runners, not only to protect the bride’s gown but also to protect her from any evil spirits that might be lurking under the floorboards of the church!
The birth of the use of lace can be traced back to early ages, where fishing nets were used in garments, as embellishments. Gradually they became more ornamental as several other techniques were implemented. It became an art that was appreciated globally. Belgium was one of the hubs of lace making along with France and Great Britain, and it has museums dedicated to lace, displaying a wide variety of this intricately crafted material from the past and present.
The sensuality of lace, hiding and revealing at the same time, made it appealing for use in wedding gowns. It can be used in many forms and styles. You can have an “all-over lace” gown for a completely textured and delicate appearance, or use it as an appliqué for breaking the monotony of a single fabric, or also as trimmings on hems and sleeves to lend fluidity to the garment.
You can now buy laces online. There is a wide range to choose from. Machine made laces are more intricate but are cheaper than the handmade variety. Be careful when you buy lace fabric online, as there are too many cheaper varieties available that are deceptive in looks when it comes to quality.
When we think about laces, we generally think about white lace. But nowadays you will find a huge palette of lace fabric, online or in retail stores. Mix and match or complement with other material to get the best bridal wear that will be uniquely yours.