Sophie Hallette Lace Project

A live industry linked project with second year BA (Hons) Fashion Contour and BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development students and La Maison du Sophie Hallette.

A family-run traditional craftwork company, La Maison du Sophie Hallette has produced some of the world’s finest laces for 127 years. They continue to set the standard in high quality craftsmanship and their laces were used for Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, and by the houses of Vuitton, Dior, Chloe and Versace, amongst others.

Students were asked to research, investigate and experiment with toile, designing and developing ideas under the mentoring of either designer Antony Waller of Bora Aksu (BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development students), or Design Director Franceska Luther (BA (Hons) Fashion Contour students).

The work had to embrace traditional lace, but transform it into a wearable wardrobe or bespoke couture, through research, planning, development and realisation, thinking about materials manipulation, pattern generation, aesthetic consideration and application.