appliqué lace pieces were from, that were then cut and sewn on to Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
Charles who is part of the family that own the factory, showed us around. He told us about the machines, the history and most excitingly showed us the archive of all the lace designs in huge antique folders. Some of the design’s drafts have been lost or ruined which are sadly irreplaceable.
What makes this lace notably English, is that it has a more robust quality to it than French lace. It is made of cotton and replicates hand crocheted lace much more than machine-made fine lace. On some qualities you can see a raised nodule stitch – this is apparent on our geometric lace which you can see here. It is a technique that the Leavers lace machine can make, and no other machines can imitate.
Here at Marwood, we are very proud and privileged to be working so closely with factories like Cluny, who have such a beautiful back story and heritage. We are always thinking of new ways to use the lace and keep it modern for Marwood. Have a look at our printed lace this season which was made in collaboration with All Fall In. These items are currently selling at Selfridges and Mr Porter as well as our own online shop.