Bard Graduate Center is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and events.
Bard Graduate Center presents Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen on view September 16, 2022—January 1, 2023.
Thursday—Sunday: 11am—5 pm
“I love lace for evening dresses . . . for a cocktail frock . . . or for a blouse. . . . When a fabric is fancy in itself it needs simplicity of design to show it to its best advantage.”—Christian Dior
Lace—delicate, sumptuous, enigmatic—takes over the Bard Graduate Center Gallery this fall. Trace the development of European lace from its sixteenth-century origins to the present day. See more than 150 examples of lace from the renowned collection of Switzerland’s Textilmuseum St. Gallen, including some of the world’s finest examples of handmade needle and bobbin lace that were favored by the wealthy and powerful of Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. Learn about the women who crafted this sought-after status symbol by hand and about the evolution of Swiss chemical lace, known as guipure lace, made on embroidery machines. Explore new innovations in lace production, like laser-cut and 3D-printed lace, used in contemporary haute couture.
Curated by Emma Cormack, associate curator, Bard Graduate Center; Ilona Kos, curator, Textilmuseum St. Gallen; and Michele Majer, assistant professor, Bard Graduate Center.
Date & Time
Sep 16, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023