11 Mar MOCA Shanghai, China March 22th-May 2nd 2018
The Lace Review Travels to Shanghai
At the initiative of the City of Calais, the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance’s General Directorate of Enterprises and the Region Hauts-de-France have joined forces to highlight one of the most beautiful jewels in the French fashion and luxury industry: Leavers lace. A true cultural exception, this technique of weaving lace – which combines elegance, engineering and creativity – has marked the territory’s economic activity and imagination since its invention more than 200 years ago.
The Lace Review, a touring exhibition, brings together the 14 last manufactures still operating in Calais and Caudry and exposes to the foreign public the technical specificities that make the richness and uniqueness of this essential material in the fields of fashion and lingerie.
The first stage will take place in Shanghai from 22 March to April 9th 2018 at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). Opened in 2005 and located in the heart of the city, MoCA is the first private contemporary art museum in China. Its primary aim is to promote contemporary art and Chinese and international design, and it has held exhibitions in partnership with renowned fashion, design and luxury names such as Dior, Chanel, Ferragamo and Marimekko.
Lace with its finesse, elegance and infinite variety is an emblematic material that is inseparable from femininity. The exhibition evokes the multiplicity of styles and uses of Leavers lace through 14 feminine icons from the worlds of show business and fashion. Each of these personas revolutionized her era and in doing so became emblematic: the Countess of Castiglione, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, etc…
For The Lace Review, French video artist Pierrick Sorin stages actress Anna Mouglalis in an optical theatre, specially designed for the occasion, where she embodies the 14 icons of the exhibition. He describes his project as follows: «The audiovisual work is a device that allows holographic figures to appear on a human scale in a museum room. In reality, the characters’ images are projected on a simple video screen that the audience does not see. Above all, it is a magical and comic work that will surprise adults and children alike. The male character is a sort of magician, artist and photographer. The woman (interpreted by Anna Mouglalis) plays the role of a model: she takes different poses and the man draws her, photographs or makes jokes using her magical powers.»
In the mood for lace? The experience doesn’t end there, because inside the exhibition visitors have a chance to don the aesthetics of the precious textile by photographing themselves in a selfie box. The visitor herself becomes the model, leaving a few moments later with a Polaroid embellished by the magic of iconic French laces.
The 14 silhouettes of the exhibition are made from Dentelles de Calais-Caudry®, based on the know-how of artisan partners and manufacturers Made in France: Atelier Aymeric Le Deun, Atelier Caraco, Atelier du Haut-Anjou, Atelier Jean-Pierre Ollier, Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Éventails Olivia Oberlin, Laulhère, Legeron, Ligia Dias, Méresse Concept, Société Choletaise de Fabrication, François Tamarin, Thomasine.
The 14 silhouettes of the exhibition were designed with the help of Jean-Philippe Evrard, from Martine Leherpeur Conseil / Xiao Qiao MLC, and are displayed on mannequins by WINDOW FRANCE.
The Lace Review
March 22th-May 2nd 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
Gate 7 People’s Park
231 West Nanjing Road