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NOTES ON GUIPURE LACE

30.07.13

Our best-selling dress, Swift, is one of the biggest hits sitting pretty in our new arrivals. Crafted from guipure lace, it sounds very exotic, but what does guipure actually mean and where did it originate? After a bit of research, we have the answers.

The word guipure originates from the old French word guiper (to cover with silk) and it was first used as the term 'guipure lace' in France around 1843. Guipure is pronounced gi-pyur.

Sometimes referred to as Venetian lace, guipure lace is a dense, raised, almost 3D pattern and is usually made up of a continuous floral or geometric motif. It has a cute peek-a-boo look as it usually comprises of closely-packed embroidery stitches originally on a fine backing fabric which disintegrates during the finishing process leaving just the heavy pattern behind.

Guipure technique is a modern way to do lace thanks to its bold, graphic feel and is the perfect fabric for our Swift dress. Swift has a stylish latte-hued nude base so that the white guipure really stands out against it - one of the many reasons it's your favourite, as well as ours.