Lace in Fashion
4 February 2017 – 1 January 2018
The museum explores the history of lace since the 16th century.
The culmination of a two-year project that sought to catalogue the museum's extensive collection of lace, the exhibition features more than 40 designs created over the past 430 years.
The oldest object in the show is a smock dating from around 1580 with Flemish bobbin lace on the sleeves and collar.
Also on display is a silver tissue dress made during the 1660s which is trimmed with a rare and delicate form of lace that is made from tiny strips of parchment or paper wrapped in silk.
Other highlights include a navy blue lace dress worn by Lea Seydoux in the James Bond film Spectre, as well as evening gowns by Balmain, Balenciaga and Molyneux.