Black crepe dress, ornamented with silver sequins, glass beads and rhinestones. Made by François Bacus, Lunéville, France.

The beaded and spangled embroidery created with a tiny hook, called broderie de Lunéville, reached its height in the 1920s. Started in the 1890s, this cottage industry employed 24,000 workers who carried out designs for famous couturiers. The economic crash of 1929 greatly diminished the demand for this elegant product, though some lacemaking continued into the 1950s there.

When donated to the Museum, the dress was accompanied by a business card from François Bacus, 11, Rue des Bosquets, Lunéville. Lunéville is in the Lorraine region of eastern France, 420 km or about four hours east of Paris.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display.  We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday