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Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen

Start Date 16 September 2022
End Date 01 January 2023
Venue Bard Graduate Center Gallery in collaboration with Textilmuseum St. Gallen
Location New York, USA
Curator Emma Cormack, Ilona Kos and Michele Majer

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 favoured 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.