The decorative possibilities created by the intricate openwork patterns of lace have been fashionable since the 1500s. Handmade lace is time-consuming and expensive to make, so it was initially only worn by aristocrats and royalty. With the invention of lace-making machines in Britain and France during the Industrial Revolution, it became affordable and was used more widely.
Lace is Collette Dinnigan’s signature material – one she has used throughout her career. She worked initially with applied ‘antique’ lace but soon discovered the creative possibilities of working directly with contemporary French lace manufacturers. This collaboration has resulted in a range of fresh, modern and unique lace designs and finishes for her collections.
Photo by Dominique Cherry