Apr 152011

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Textiles & Laces at the V&A


Cut velvets

Stitches sampler, 1910

Embroideries and laces

13th century

14th or 15th century

16th century

17th century

Frelange with Lappets, Italian, Venetian, late 17th century
Needle lace
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.

18th century

A lace fan.

19th century

This is actually a Victorian parasol cover:

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