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The show’s guest of honour, Dentelle de Calais-Caudry®, shares its secrets with you.

As part of The Lace Review, a touring exhibition which showcases the last 14 French Leavers lace makers, the City of Calais and Première Vision are pleased to offer you a copy of a new book* exploring the unique craftsmanship, skills and know-how of this luxury lace.

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200 Years of Leavers lace in Calais and Caudry

Alongside painters and photographers, lace-makers are among the first image-making magicians. The Lace Review takes a look at the diversity of French Leavers lace – one of the finest jewels in luxury and fashion.

In Europe, in the 1830s, the fervor of mechanization led to the invention of both photography and the Leavers loom, two processes that have, respectively, ensured the reproducibility of images and lace patterns. The English engineer John Leavers revolutionizes the production of the precious fabric – which until now was only handmade – through the development of spectacular, cast iron machines that rapidly and accurately weave thousands of threads, in turn increasing the subtlety and fineness in motifs.

© The Lace Review 2018 – Leavers Lace By Riechers Marescot-Buttons by Aymeric Le Deun

© The Lace Review 2018 – Leavers Lace by Beauvillain Davoine

The cities of Calais and Caudry, in the region of Hauts-de-France, have for two centuries perpetuated the secrets of Leavers lace production, which distinguishes itself through its elegance and infinite variability. The collective brand Dentelle de Calais-Caudry® is a guarantee of authenticity. Dressmakers, corset-makers, designers and international brands have all fallen under its spell and combine their visions of femininity with the inventiveness of each of the 14 factories established in the region. Together, they create patterns that illustrate the spirit of the times and celebrate the multitude of possibilities offered by this technique.

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