When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week I didn’t memorialize her on this blog because i didn’t consider her a fashion influencer or icon. However, in the week since her death, her collars have become a symbol of feminism, justice, democracy, and revolt. Numerous articles like this one and this one have been written about her that talk about how her lace collars became a symbol of her legacy. So, with that in mind, I have to recognize Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an influencer that the fashion world lost in 2020.
Guelph Civic Museum is hosting an exhibition of lace (July 11 – November 2) from the collection of the late Margaret Ruhland. Curated by conservator and friend of Margaret Ruhland, Joyce Dawson, the exhibition showcases examples of needle, bobbin and other laces from the early 17th century to the present day.
Kenn and I went yesterday, and also stayed for a lecture by local lace collector Nancy Pye. There is an overwhelming amount of lace to see – each more impressive than the last. It is impossible to pick a favourite. I am not a lace expert by any means and can identify only a few of the more obvious patterns, so this exhibition is excellent for anyone who wants to learn more, or just take in the beautiful hand-made patterns and not worry about trying to become an expert in one visit.
There is also a catalogue that was just printed last month For the Love of Lace: The Ruhland Collection, written by Margaret Ruhland and Joyce Taylor Dawson. It is beautifully illustrated with exceptional photographs. I couldn’t find it for sale online anywhere, but it is available from the Guelph Civic Museum, and you might be able to search for it via the ISBN 978-0-9918365-0-5 once it is in the hands of a distributor.
Read more in this article from the Guelph Mercury newspaper.
Here is an interesting product I was alerted to yesterday that borrows from fashion textiles to create a wire hurricane-fencing like product with worked lace patterns. It is made by lacefence.com, a Dutch company. In the hands of the right architect for the right project this could be a really interesting product, however, in the wrong hands for the wrong project it could be a twee eyesore. Let’s hope it’s used for good and not evil!