Brussels lace earned an international reputation over the centuries. It was worn in all major European royal houses.
The Fashion & Lace Museum keeps exceptional pieces in its collections showcasing the quality and beauty of Brussels lace. Discover the history of this fabric, which has since disappeared, through rare pieces from the Museum’s collections.
The lace on display in the museum forms an integral part of Brussels’ heritage. Some of these pieces exhibited in the Lace Room have been added to the inventory of the movable cultural heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region.
For example, check out this handkerchief decorated in the typical style of the Napoleon III era; its scalloped edges are composed of alternating leaves and flowers.
Brussels lace has earned an international reputation over the centuries. It was worn in all major European royal houses. For purposes of conservation, the museum is rotating the items on display.
Until 4 October 2021, you can discover in this display case the history of Brussels lace which has now disappeared. The display is devoted to handmade and machine-made lace from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Rare objects from the Museum’s collection. Hand and machine worked together to create major pieces such as these three skirts, which display the full range of artisans’ skills.
Contemporary creators still draw inspiration from this technique and reinterpret it, as in this fabulous piece by Debora Lothe: Asphyxia.