The Musée des dentelles et broderies de Caudry, through its creative laboratory (LabLace), has launched its first international Leavers lace competition in 2022: Moving Lace. Located in northern France, Caudry is today the world center for lace along with Calais, and is home to six companies still in business:
- Jean Bracq
- Beauvillain Davoine
- Sophie Hallette
- André Laude
Protected by the dentelle de Calais-Caudry® label, Leavers lace is a precious and rare high-end fabric, woven on a traditional Leavers loom using a unique process and know-how that give it exceptional finesse and transparency.
With this competition, LabLace aims to stimulate students’ creativity and curiosity about Leavers lace, and to raise their awareness of the material by giving them the chance to explore its potential, while at the same time sparking new avenues of innovation through the use of avant-garde finishes or the search for novel applications in fashion.
The competition is sponsored by the On Aura Tout Vu fashion house. Founded in 2002 by designers Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, On Aura Tout Vu is renowned on the international fashion scene for its wild style and unbridled universe, where materials, sophistication, craftsmanship and technological innovation come together.
After two jury sessions, 3 winning entries and a 3rd runner-up were selected:
- Maelyse Guénal of Mod’Art,
- Cristiano Castelli of IFM Paris,
- Marion Terle of Ecole de Condé Lyon
- and 3e ex-aequo, Victoria Bruniaux of LISAA.
Mentored by Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov of the On Aura Tout Vu collective, the competition brought together a jury of professionals and experts chaired by Mr Jean-Pascal Laude, lace-maker and President of the Museum Association:
- Ariane Bigot, Associate Fashion Director, Première Vision
- Marie-Emmanuelle Fron, fashion and textile journalist
- Anne-Sophie Méry, Caudry’s first deputy for culture
- Katell Palix, Director of the Musée des dentelles et broderies de Caudry
- Claire Catoire, head of the fashion and design department at the Musée des dentelles et broderies de Caudry
- And representatives of Caudry’s six lace factories.
The winners’ collections will be presented at Première Vision Paris, from July 4 to 6, 2023, in an area specially dedicated to the competition (at the back of stand 5R1 – Hall 5), and during the exhibition at the Musée des dentelles et broderies de Caudry, starting in mid-September.