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Art & Design

  • French, Point d'Espagne, 17th century. Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke.

    Luminous Lace

    January 27 –July 30, 2017

    French, Point d’Espagne, 17th century. Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke.

  • Junya Watanabe, Woman's Jacket, 2008. Museum Purchase

    Luminous Lace

    January 27 –July 30, 2017

    Junya Watanabe, Woman’s Jacket, 2008. Museum Purchase

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  • Luminous Lace

    Lacemaking is one of fashion’s most time-consuming embellishment enterprises. When lace is made using gold, silver, and other metals, that investment in craft—and value—is compounded, signaling wealth and luxury. Dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries, these metallic-lace fashions and accessories attest to the impulse in Western fashion history to capture the fire of the sun and bring that spotlight, prestige, and implied spiritual power to the wearer.