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HSF Challenge #13: Lace and lacings

I’ve been having trouble announcing the HSF challenges in a logical way, and keeping up with inspiration posts for the upcoming challenges.  Solutions?  Do them together as one announcement post at the 8 challenges ahead mark!  Here then is the HSF Challenge #13: Lace and Lacings, due 1 July 2013 (NZ time).

Lacing is one of the simplest and oldest forms of fastening a garment, eminently practical, and occasionally decorative.

Lace has been one of the most valuable and desirable textiles for centuries, legislated, coveted, at times worth more than its weight in gold, passed down from one garment to the next over centuries.  Elaborate and delicate it is eminently decorative, and rarely practical.

Celebrate the practicality of lacing, and the decorative frivolity of lace, with a garment that laces or has lace trim, or both.

Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

Mary Magdalene from the Braque Family Triptych (right panel), ca. 1450, by Rogier van der Weyden (early Flemish, 1399:1400-1464)

Mary Magdalene from the Braque Family Triptych (right panel), ca. 1450, by Rogier van der Weyden (early Flemish, 1399:1400-1464)

Silver embroidered and lace trimmed gloves

Silver embroidered and lace trimmed gloves, English, circa 1600

Unknown lady, 1620, by Nathaniel Bacon (English painter, 1585–1627)

Unknown lady, 1620, by Nathaniel Bacon (English painter, 1585–1627)

Gerard Terboch, Woman at a Mirror, 1650

Gerard Terboch, Woman at a Mirror, 1650

Lady Tyrell (1738) - Jean-Étienne Liotard

Lady Tyrell (1738) – Jean-Étienne Liotard

Robe a la Francaise, 1765, England, LACMA

Robe a la Francaise, 1765, England, LACMA

Gown (detail of interior fastening), Denmark, 1817, Tidens Tøj

Gown (detail of interior fastening), Denmark, 1817, Tidens Tøj

Boots, Ascott & Parnham Europe, United Kingdom, England, Nottingham, 1820. Manchester Art Gallery

Boots, Ascott & Parnham Europe, United Kingdom, England, Nottingham, 1820. Manchester Art Gallery

Maria Luisa von Spanien, 1847, Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Maria Luisa von Spanien, 1847, Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Dress with day and evening bodices, 1853-54. FIDM Museum

Dress with day and evening bodices, 1853-54. FIDM Museum

Wedding Gown c. 1878, FIDM

Wedding Gown c. 1878, FIDM Museum

Corset in blue silk, circa 1890

Corset in blue silk, circa 1890

Black and ivory point d'esprit lace summer dinner gown, circa 1902, Raudnitz & Co, Huet & Cheruit Frs, 21 Place Vendome, Paris', Kerry Taylor Auctions

Black and ivory point d’esprit lace summer dinner gown, circa 1902, Raudnitz & Co, Huet & Cheruit Frs, 21 Place Vendome, Paris’, Kerry Taylor Auctions

Dress with lace inspired bodice, Paul Poiret, circa 1920, Beaussant Lefévre

Dress with lace inspired bodice, Paul Poiret, circa 1920, Beaussant Lefévre

6 Comments

  1. Ooooooo, I’m working on something right now that can qualify for this!

    The easiest way I’ve found to keep up with the challenges is to go directly to the photo album for each one. Then I try to figure out which ones were destined for that album by hitting the main page… the photos that aren’t in the albums. I like to streamline things and that’s the best I’ve figured out. I find that if I just focus on that once a day or once every few days, I can pretty much keep track of most of it. The project specific photo albums help a lot!

    You have a lot to keep track of, between running this (thank you!!!) and making your own garments and writing blog posts.
    Laurie

  2. yay! Since it will be right before Pennsic, I’ll probably make something 15th -1 6th C for this one. Maybe that red German gown…hmmm…

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