Lacework has long remained one of the most valued crafts. Symbolizing femininity, tradition, and the beauty of technique, the light floral fabrics are truly timeless. To many, it marks some of the most important moments — weddings, religious gatherings, celebrations of life and death- and is quintessential in its ability to carry and convey emotion.
The house of Alexander McQueen has long kept lace as a signature, changing motifs and portrayal each season to tell a new story, but keeping its rich history and gracefulness alive.
For spring summer 2020, the collection featured multiple variations in ivory, with lichen lace, guipure lace inspired by endangered flowers and Irish crochet techniques, and lace-work placed on damask linen — which was created by the finest damask weaver in the world, Thomas Ferguson, in his mill in Ireland (which is said to be the last of its kind). True to the brand, one can find a soft yet strong contrast in the cotton poplin shirting featuring triangular lace trim as well as black leather corseted dresses paneled with endangered flower lace.
Viewed as one of the most “emotionally resonant of fabrics”, lace is highlighted in the collection which is an ode to time. “I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect to the world,” says Sarah Burton, who called on the entire house staff to come together and embroider two dresses for the runway.
Upcycling lace from previous seasons and using slow hand-made construction, creative director Sarah Burton has truly emphasized the perfect sustainability of the craft. In a time where environmentally-focused fashion is ever so necessary, the artisanal nature, raw beauty, and consciousness of the pieces are a powerful and hopeful message.