French Lacemaker Sophie Hallette Made Lace for Royal Wedding Gown
Posted on May 9, 2011
French lacemaker Sophie Hallette made the lace for Kate Middleton's beautiful royal wedding gown, which was designed by Sarah Burton. Thew hite and ivory satin gazar was designed to emulate an opening flower. It featured a lace adorned bodice inspired by Victorian corsetry, a plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a train of more than nine feet.
Sophia Hallette has been making lace since 1887. The Sophie Hallette lace selected by Burton is an exclusive model designed in 1958 and was manufactured on artisanal looms that are more than 100 years old. The roses, daffodils and shamrocks of the particularly dainty floral motif were cut out from the original lace and hand-sewn onto the silk tulle of the decollete, sleeves and train by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, using a Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originates from 1820's Ireland.
"Everybody from the factory floor to the designers was thrilled when the news spread that our lace was on the dress," said Romain Lescroart, CEO of Sophie Hallette. "Our laces have adorned haute couture creations and luxury goods worldwide for 127 years, but this certainly marks a crowning achievement in our history for which we draw great pride."