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French lace

Monday 21 November 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Cathrine Lloyd


Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture lace outfit

Lace is the theme for our annual High Tea, inspired by the stunning lace on display in European Splendour 1500 – 1800.

While enjoying a glass of bubbly, Cathrine Lloyd, an expert on the language of French lace will present an illustrated lecture – The Significance of Lace in French Sartorial Culture from the 17th Century to Contemporary Haute Couture.

Lace has played a role as a visual language in France for many centuries, continually evolving in its techniques and range of expressive and stylistic possibilities. It resonates with ideas of power, fashion, virtuosity, decorum and regional identity. Cathrine will consider different types of lace and how and why it was worn, offering a unique insight into the history of French culture.

A love of all things French, led avid needlework practitioner Cathrine to complete an MA at Victoria University. Her thesis was about the significance of lace and embroidery in France from the time of Louis XIV through to contemporary haute couture.

The lecture is followed by a fabulous afternoon tea prepared by Executive Chef Bernd Lippmann and his team.

Optional extra: We suggest, prior to our lecture, you view the examples of bobbin and needlepoint lace on display in European Splendour.  Justine Olsen, Curator Decorative Art & Design will be in the gallery from 3.30pm – 3.55pm to discuss the lace on display.  Read Justine’s blog The Power of Lace.

This is a lovely opportunity to enjoy an end-of-year catch up with a friend, and is always a ‘sell-out’ event.  Numbers are limited and registration is required.

We will provide a seating plan. If you are coming with someone else let us know and we will seat you together.

Feature image: Detail from: Collar 1800s, needle lace, artist unknown. Gift of Mrs Hodgkinson, 1953.

Members $40, non-members $45 (includes a glass of bubbly, high tea, lecture and free parking)


Monday 21 November 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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