Types of Lace for Wedding Gown



Alençon lace or point d'Alençon lace was first made in Alençon, France in the 16th century, and is renowned for its fine netting ground, corded outlined floral patterns, and heavenly detailing. This is a needlepoint lace made of linen thread with a background of patterns, outlined with heavy threads to give it a 3 dimensional look. Alençon lace, sometimes called the "Queen of lace" is the most popular lace for wedding gowns.

Imitation of the original Point d'Alençon. [wikisource.org] on a fine netting
Ivory Galloon Alençon Lace with a graceful floral pattern, eyelash edges, and scalloped borders. Made in France. 20% cotton, 80% nylon.
Needlepoint lace outlined with heavy threads to embolden the patterns

ALVINA VALENTA wedding gown designed by Jessica and hand-crafted in New York City. Beautiful French Alencon lace gown with a lovely tiered lace skirt.


Chantilly is a delicate handmade bobbin lace (with thread wound on a cylinder reel) originated from Chantilly, France. It is made on a lightweight hexagonal mesh background, the pattern is outlined in cordonnet (thread). There is light and shadow effect in the pattern which is normally flowers and ribbons, this kind of lace is more popular in black.

The original Chantilly in black
Ivory Chantilly lace with a delicate floral motif and a double-scalloped border. Made in France. The light and shadow effect in the pattern is created by the use of a half-and-whole stitch as a fill.
Chantilly laces are perfect for wedding gowns and elegant lace shirts

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a classic wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen Fashion House which incorporated a bodice of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace hand-made at Hampton Court Palace by the Royal School of Needlework.

With the effect of light and shadow, Chantilly lace is much more popular in black. Gown by Vera Wang.


Venise Lace or Point de Venise is a needle-point lace that was made in Venice, Italy in the 17th century. Now the term "Venise" is used in the U.S. while also referred to as "Guipure" in the European market. There is no background netting used in making this lace. Venise is a heavy lace consisting of a series of embroidered motifs held together by large connecting stitches. This lace has a raised texture and can create a very bold look.
The original Point de Venise without any netting
A series of embroidered motifs held together by large connecting stitches.
Raised and thicker texture of Venise Lace
Gown from Mori Lee Bridal



Ref: jlmcouture.com, britexfabrics.com, wikipedia.org, wikisource.org, french-lace.com, tulleandchantilly.com, Mori Lee Bridal

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please share your experience. It will save BTBs time and effort finding their perfect vendor, also keep them from repeating the same mistakes. Select "Name/URL", enter your name or nickname (If you don't have any of the accounts listed).