The Legacy of Lace

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Designer Lela Rose, a fan of cotton or wool guipure lace (a heavy tape variety with large patterns), doesn't see the interest in the fabric easing up. "I don't think lace will ever go out of style," she says. "There are so many types, and there is so much you can do with it. We even use the eyelash, the piece the mills cut off, to make a pretty scalloped edge." Amsale likes using Chantilly and Alençon lace for a more body-hugging fit, like a mermaid silhouette, or a lace bralike top with a belted organza skirt. "If you use lace in a modern way—and that is really what's happening now—people look for it," she says.

Event planners Ann David and Nicky Reinhard of the Manhattan-based firm David Reinhard Events have noticed clients being more ingenious in using lace accents. The pair recently arranged to have lace-trimmed handkerchiefs offered to female wedding guests on a silver tray before one couple's wedding ceremony. Attendees had received their invitations in regal clasped purple boxes wrapped in gold lace. In addition to wearing lace veils, more brides are wrapping their bouquets in lace or even in pieces of lace from their mothers' wedding dresses—some go so far as to make lace the theme of their decor.

"People are always looking for something very romantic and soft, and lace brings that image to mind," Reinhard says. "It's a very classic, beautiful material for a wedding that will always be used," David adds. Queen Victoria likely would have agreed.

Lace from M&J Trim-ming, 212-704-8008, and Sposabella Lace, 212-354-4729, Pottery, $595 and $625, both from Frances Palmer Pottery, "Capri" tablecloth, $990, from Fino Lino,

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