The Art of Weaving Dreams – The heart and soul of Dentelle de Calais-Caudry® curated by fashion historian Lydia Kamitsis

Dear Shaded Viewers,

If you, like me, are fascinated by the magical world of lace, L’Art De Tisser Le Reve aka The Art of Weaving Dreams, takes you on a journey spanning the  200 year  history of the making of  lace and the form it takes once in the hands of talented designers then and now.

As someone known for wearing a lace veil,   I could not stop myself from dreaming as I immersed myself in the books 200+ pages.

The book opens with an image of Kate Moss and her quote : “Lace is so special to wear.  It is such a delicate artwork , centuries of a unique craftsmanship only France can still produce….” I strongly feel that the digital world that we all inhabit is crying out more and more for the art of the craftsman and for that need, this book is even more essential for our appreciation of a craft that has stayed relevant and has existed over centuries.

The manufacture of  Dentelle de Calais-Caudry®  is created exclusively on Leavers looms, the label certifies the specificity of the lace and that it is made according to an original interlacing of threads for the past 200 years. This process distinguishes lace woven in Calais and Caudry from lace produced anywhere else in the world.

The book was curated by Lydia Kamitsis, with the valuable assistance of Lydia Grandjean who commissioned it and companies in the Dentelle de Calais-Caudry®  network. It was made possible thanks to the support of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller within the framework of the Lillane Bettencourt Prize pour l’intelligence de la main”-Parcours, which was awarded to the Dentelle de Calais-Caudry® label in 2016.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.