Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen

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Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen
A New York Times best art book of 2022

Traces the history of lace in fashion from its sixteenth-century origins to the present

Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen offers a look at one of the world's finest collections of historical lace. It traces the development of European lace from its emergence in the sixteenth century to the present, elucidating its important role in fashion. The book explores the longstanding connections between lace and status, addressing styles in lace worn at royal courts, including Habsburg Spain and Bourbon France, as well as lace worn by the elite ruling classes and Indigenous peoples in the Spanish Americas.

Featuring new research, the publication covers a range of topics related to lace production, lace in fashion and portraiture, lace revivals, the mechanization of the lace industries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and contemporary innovations in lace. With a focus on lace techniques, women lace makers, and lace as a signifier of wealth and power, this richly illustrated book includes wide-ranging contributions by curators and experts from major museums and academic institutions.

Distributed for Bard Graduate Center

Exhibition Schedule:

Bard Graduate Center, New York
(September 16, 2022-January 1, 2023)

Publication Date: 
January 10, 2023