Dainty, delicate, and ultra-feminine, lace has been a constant fabric that exudes style and grace. Decorating the Fall 2012 runways from top to bottom, lace has popped up once again on trend lists becoming the latest texture fit for fall frocks. Since we will be seeing much more of this intricately gorgeous technique we thought it would be nice to dig deeper into its heritage. Here is five things you didn’t know about lace.
1. The clergy of the early Catholic Church used lace as part of vestments in religious ceremonies. It didn’t become a widespread phenomenon until the 16th century.
2. Classified by the way it is made, there are nine different forms of lace. Network (a decorative area of a net that is filled in) is the oldest form.
3. St. John Francis Regis is the patron saint of lace-making.
4. It takes a good lace-maker two hours to make one inch of the pattern.
5. In the 17th century, men wore lace to dress up their armor.