Lace To Show

A series of exhibitions at All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
Project Type:

more than 800 sq.m.

300 items from museum foundation

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
Scope of works:

Interpretative planing


Work with museum collections

Exhibition design and Creative direction

Tender documentation

Project management

Graphic design

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
November 2015 – October 2016
The project team:

Julia Napolova

Alyona Busygina

Kapchegasheva Alena

Ivan Vetrov

Anastasia Grigoryeva

Lace to Show is a large-scale series of exhibitions, which open up the history of lacemaking — starting from the 18th century to present times. The series unites more than 300 items from prominent museums and private collections.

We divided the exposition in seven thematic areas: the origins of lacemaking, its transformation into a craft, triumph of lace in the 19th century fashion, «the boudoir», lace in Soviet fashion houses and in Soviet design of the 60s-80s. The final note is the special project on lace in contemporary fashion.

Every exhibition hall is decorated with «architectural» lace, in accordance with each represented era. For instance, the display cases of the first hall are decorated with traditional plat-bands. Moving on to the 19th century, the embroidered dresses are demonstrated against ‘lacy’ palace facades in St. Petersburg. In the boudoir one can peek in on vintage erotic pictures through keyholes. Soviet fashion houses neighbor three-meter high lace panels. The route ends with contemporary industrial landscape: intricate lace is replaced with simple geometry and minimalism.