The Sunnyvale Lace Museum opens a new exhibit January 25 and runs through June 22 entitled, â€œVictorian Black.â€ The exhibit features interpretations of Victorian beadwork from the 1920s to the 1970s with clothing embellished with jet, onyx and glass beads as well as clothing decorated with sequins, lace and braid. Interesting accessories such as fans, parasols, lace mantillas, and gloves will also be featured.
The Victorian era popularized by Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, dictated rigid rules for clothing during a period of mourning that could last up to four years for a deceased relative. Black was the color associated with mourning in Britain and could transition to lavender or mauve. This led to a big industry in fashionable black clothing and accessories. Many garments were elaborately embellished with beads, sequins, braid and lace sometimes called passamenterie.
The Lace Museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 4 PM at 552 S. Murphy Avenue in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, call 408-730-4695 or go up to https://www.thelacemuseum.org