Feminine and fine, lace has always been traditionally associated with good taste and delicacy. Generally believed to have originated in Venice, Italy in the early 16thcentury, lace and lace-making travelled to Zurich in Switzerland and there on to different parts of Europe. By the 1600s, it had caught on as a fashion item, with high quality lace being made at centers like Flanders, Spain, France and England.
By the 18thcentury, laces had become increasingly delicate, and the fineness and beauty of the lace used came to be associated with the wealth and good taste of the wearer. Fine, handmade lace was the hallmark of the best outfits worn by the aristocracy, and a wide variety of laces-needle lace, bobbin lace, and tape lace had come into being. Initially, lace was made in gold or silver. But with time, cotton became the preferred item for lace.
With the industrial revolution, lace-making became less tedious, and even finer in technique. Today, machine–made lace is all the rage, with hand-made lace gradually fading out.
Be that as it may, its origin as an exclusive fashion item have always had lace being associated with femininity, and hence, bridal and wedding finery.
A lace wedding gown, or a lace dresses with matching gloves is the daintiest thing to wear for an engagement or that exclusive date you have always looked forward to. However, it is now trending worldwide for casual dressing too.
Two beautiful gowns in magenta lace that enhance the looks of the wearer.
Credit for this, must go to Elie Saab who has brought it in vogue for gowns, party dresses and trendy formals. In fact, his creations on the red carpet have had the world gaping in wonder-be his knee-length dresses worn by Berenice Bejo or his lacy gowns worn by sundry actresses. Roberto Cavalli is another designer who has used lace to make the most beautiful statements in contemporary design. The last couple of years have seen lace scorch ramps with pencil dresses, short minis and several other creations.
Lets look at some beautiful lace dresses
These Elie Saab creations at Cannes play on the delicacy of lace to make a statement.
A bevy of lacy beauties at the Golden Globe Awards.
Designers have not confined themselves to the classic blacks and whites, but have moved on to experiment with khaki, green, peach, orange, ivory and several other colours. They have proved that although lace may look best on flowing dresses and formal gowns, it can work equally well with casual outfits too. Blouses, blousons and shrugs in lace can impart the right feminine touch to any occasion.
Even if you find a full-length lace outfit a little tough to maintain for regular wear, you can always use lace on the sleeves or lace panels to brighten up the drabbest of outfits.
Black Lace Dresses
This solid black dress has lace sleeves and a pretty V-panel for the right degree of aesthetic appeal.
White Lace Dresses
This wrap-around white dress has just the right amount of bling and sophistication to be suitable for office-wear or an after-office celebration.
A lacy shrug in black or neon is another route to work wonders on the dullest of outfits and perk one up for that after-office party or dinner date, or a night out at the discotheque. However, you must take care never to over- accessorize yourself. Let your lace dresses stand out on its own, and turn heads in the bargain.
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Pretty tailored lace dresses look absolutely stunning when worn to parties and lunch get-togethers.
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This pretty dress is teamed with a gold belt to offset the maroon lace which makes it stand out.
This body con fit lacy dress has pretty puff sleeves to enhance its sheer look.
This rare printed lace dress spells innocence and youth.
This fully lined piece is crafted with laser Georgette and comes with an attached fabric belt.
White lace dresses suit all body types and should be a must-have in every wardrobe.