Transcending Fashion:

The Lace Accessory

Exhibit Catalog

Accessories define us and set us apart from others in the world of fashion.

The typical accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, purses, and shoes make us unique. The collar and handkerchief, once only functional items, have become fashion statements that reflect our personal identity and message. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exemplified this purpose when she wore lace collars and jabots on her black robe and utilized a sartorial strategy that powerful women have practiced throughout history.

From the Middle Ages to the present day, collars have been a significant part of fashion.

The great ruff, a collar worn in the Renaissance, was the most outlandish statement of costume. Over time, collars evolved into many related objects of adornment that made timeless statements about our personality.

The bertha, jabot, appendage on the bonnet and headscarf, and tie were all supports for various sartorial statements.

Initially, the handkerchief was tied to physical needs such as wiping sweat from the brow. However, it has evolved into a coveted luxury item that is held in hand and displayed publicly. Lace and needlework have become the perfect medium for these ultimate accessories, showcasing the highest level of execution.

This exhibit is open for tours by advance appointment.
Tours can be booked Monday through Saturday, at either 1:00 or 3:00 PM.
Tours require two or more persons, and the admission fee is $3 per person.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Tours are free for current Museum Members and up to 4 of their guests.