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Exhibition Tour - Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilemuseum t. Gallen.

  • 6 Dec 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Bard Graduate Center Gallery - 18 West 86th Street
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Bard Graduate Center invites ARLIS/NY members to our current exhibition: Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilemuseum St. Gallen.  Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 5:30 p.m. for a private tour. We can accommodate up to 10 people. 

Lace pillow with Bobbins, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 1897. Cotton, paper, metal, wood. 
Textilmuseum St. Gallen, 40017. Photo: Michael Rast.

Lace—delicate, sumptuous, enigmatic—has been used in fashion and décor for centuries to project power and wealth. Trace the development of European lace from its sixteenth-century origins to the present day in Threads of Power. See more than 150 examples of lace from the renowned collection of Switzerland’s Textilmuseum St. Gallen, including some of the world’s finest examples of handmade needle and bobbin lace that were favored by the wealthy and powerful of Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. Learn about the women who crafted this sought-after status symbol by hand and about the evolution of Swiss chemical lace, known as guipure lace, made on embroidery machines. Explore new innovations in lace production, like laser-cut and 3D-printed lace, used in contemporary haute couture.
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