Divergence of materials

Established in 1935 in the tradition of Middle Age crafts, the Fédération Française des Dentelles et Broderies aims to guarantee the precious ancient traditions which are continued by various companies in the lace making and embroidery trade. Owner of the names “Dentelle de Calais” and “Broderies de France” it protects the knowledge of these companies and promotes them via exhibitions, publication or trade fairs such as Première Vision, and represents their interests when dealing with government and private businesses.

Turning towards the future, the federation prioritises innovation in the fields that it represents, notably through the competitions it organises in which a huge amount of students from the best and brightest fashion school participate. The competition “Détournement de matières – Interprétations de dentelles et broderies pour de nouvelles applications” (Divergence of materials – Interpretations of lace and embroideries for new applications), launched in 2004 offers the participants the chance to explore new territories and to create exclusive materials, to push lace and embroidery to places they haven’t been before: in decorating wellington boots, on a lamp shade where the light displays the transparencies and subtlety of the details, on a sculpted necklace which plays with the openwork and the shadows it displays on the skin. Or still more surprisingly, on fluorescent leggings for chic cyclists, on plasters which glamorise small cuts, on a surf board where femininity is most definitely not hidden, or even on door handles and the protective surfacing on bathroom floors…