Lace in Fashion

Key works

  • BEER, Paris (couture house); Gustav BEER (designer)
Dress (c. 1912) (detail 3)


cotton (muslin, machine lace, tulle, embroidery thread), silk (chiffon)
155.0 cm (centre back)
44.0 cm (waist, flat)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Schofield Collection.
Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
D218-1974

    BEER, Paris (couture house); Gustav BEER (designer)
    Dress (c. 1912) (detail 3)
    cotton (muslin, machine lace, tulle, embroidery thread), silk (chiffon)
    155.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    The Schofield Collection. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
    D218-1974

  • NORTHERN ITALY
Flounce (late 17th century) (detail 3)


linen (bobbin lace) (Milanese)
22.8 x 287.0 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
939-D5

    NORTHERN ITALY
    Flounce (late 17th century) (detail 3)
    linen (bobbin lace) (Milanese)
    22.8 x 287.0 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Felton Bequest, 1964
    939-D5

  • (ENGLAND)
Carriage dress (c. 1855) (detail 2)


silk, glass and metal (buttons), metal (hooks), baleen
154.5 cm (centre back)
35.5 cm (waist, flat)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Schofield Collection.
Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
D140-1974

    (ENGLAND)
    Carriage dress (c. 1855) (detail 2)
    silk, glass and metal (buttons), metal (hooks), baleen
    154.5 cm (centre back) 35.5 cm (waist, flat)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    The Schofield Collection. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
    D140-1974

  • ITALY
Border (1600-1620) (detail 2)


linen (needle lace) (punto in aria)
20.3 x 137.1 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
897-D5

    ITALY
    Border (1600-1620) (detail 2)
    linen (needle lace) (punto in aria)
    20.3 x 137.1 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Felton Bequest, 1964
    897-D5

  • PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris (couture house); Pierre BALMAIN (designer)
Dress (c. 1966) 


rayon, cotton (chemical lace), silk (lining)
110.5 cm (centre back)
43.0 cm (waist, flat)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, 2011
2011.68

    PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris (couture house); Pierre BALMAIN (designer)
    Dress (c. 1966)
    rayon, cotton (chemical lace), silk (lining)
    110.5 cm (centre back) 43.0 cm (waist, flat)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, 2011
    2011.68

  • PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris (couture house); Pierre BALMAIN (designer)
Dress (c. 1966) (detail 3)


rayon, cotton (chemical lace), silk (lining)
110.5 cm (centre back)
43.0 cm (waist, flat)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, 2011
2011.68

    PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris (couture house); Pierre BALMAIN (designer)
    Dress (c. 1966) (detail 3)
    rayon, cotton (chemical lace), silk (lining)
    110.5 cm (centre back) 43.0 cm (waist, flat)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, 2011
    2011.68

  • (FRANCE)
Border (c. 1740) (detail 2)


linen (needle lace) (Alençon)
9.6 x 56.0 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
910-D5

    (FRANCE)
    Border (c. 1740) (detail 2)
    linen (needle lace) (Alençon)
    9.6 x 56.0 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Felton Bequest, 1964
    910-D5

  • MALTA
Collar (late 19th century) (detail)


silk (bobbin lace) (Maltese)
60.5 x 47.2 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs N. G. Barden, 1969
D114-1969

    MALTA
    Collar (late 19th century) (detail)
    silk (bobbin lace) (Maltese)
    60.5 x 47.2 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Mrs N. G. Barden, 1969
    D114-1969

  • ITALY
Border (mid 17th century) (detail 2)


linen (needle lace) (gros point) (bobbin lace)
23.0 x 88.0 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
888-D5

    ITALY
    Border (mid 17th century) (detail 2)
    linen (needle lace) (gros point) (bobbin lace)
    23.0 x 88.0 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Felton Bequest, 1964
    888-D5

  • (ITALY)
Ornament for garment (c. 17th century) (detail)


linen (needle lace), glass (beads)
18.2 x 45.7 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
880-D5

    (ITALY)
    Ornament for garment (c. 17th century) (detail)
    linen (needle lace), glass (beads)
    18.2 x 45.7 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Felton Bequest, 1964
    880-D5

  • (ENGLAND)
Dress (c. 1912) (detail 5)


cotton, (Irish crochet)
129.0 cm (centre back)
42.0 cm (waist, flat)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Ethel Barnes, 1964
764-D5

    (ENGLAND)
    Dress (c. 1912) (detail 5)
    cotton, (Irish crochet)
    129.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (waist, flat)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Mrs Ethel Barnes, 1964
    764-D5