I love lace when it’s pristine, dainty, pretty, delicate, ethereal…I also love it when it’s stained, burned, ripped and more than a little frayed at the edges. Lace can be innocent or experienced, old fashioned or of-the-moment, buttoned-up or rock ‘n roll. It’s one of my favorite materials, whether it’s made by hand, embroidered by machine, or cut by laser (even paper-doily lace and crocheted-style curtain lace attract me…and our local callado hand-embroidered lace is just so beautiful!).
I’ve always thought that one of the great things about fashion design is that it allows traditional materials and crafts to be constantly reworked and appreciated in new ways 🙂 What’s your favorite ‘old-school’ material and how do you like to update it?