Installation by Mal Burkinshaw
The Museum for Lace and Fashion has invited Mal Burkinshaw to engage in a dialogue with the collections from 16 September to 26 February 2017.
The question of appearances lies at the core of approaches within his work, which in collaboration with renowned lace producers Sophie Hallette, explore dialogues of social representation conveyed by contemporary fashion, through diaphanous and androgynous design sculptures.
Dedicated to fashion from the closing years of the nineteenth century, this gallery is regularly refreshed in order to conserve and protect the works on show here. Since the museum opened in 2009, the showcases have been presented thematically, an evolving panorama of the history of the figure and of lace from 1895 up to the present day. In tandem with this chronological presentation, a distinction between the collections of outerwear and of lingerie offers visitors a clearer understanding of these two key outlets for Calais-Caudry lace. Even today, 90% of the world's Leavers lace is still produced in the Hauts-de-France region, on the century-old looms conserved in Calais and Caudry.