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Textiles & Laces at the V&A
Stitches sampler, 1910
Embroideries and laces
14th or 15th century
Frelange with Lappets, Italian, Venetian, late 17th century
Frelange or frelan was the contemporary name given to the high, stiffened headdress worn by fashionable women in the 1680s and 1690s. A wire framework was usually used to support the lace raised in pleats above the forehead, while the lappets hung to the sides or at the back. The Photograph shows a French fashion plate of 1694 when the style was reaching its highest point.
A lace fan.
This is actually a Victorian parasol cover: