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Cite de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

135 Quai du Commerce, 62100, Calais, France
+33 3 21 00 42 30
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The maps are a bit hazy on the location of this museum. It is near the Town Hall on a canal. It is... read more

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In this repurposed lace factory building you learn all about lace making, the history... read more

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Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory, the Museum of Lace and Fashion is a specialist museum for the famous lace woven on looms. A museum of both fashion and industry, its vast galleries present the techniques, the lingerie and haute couture associated with this prestigious textile, as well as its most contemporary aspects. The high point of a visit to this important museum is to discover the lace weaving looms in operation, those monumental cast iron machines that produce this exceptional fabric.
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135 Quai du Commerce, 62100, Calais, France
+33 3 21 00 42 30
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The maps are a bit hazy on the location of this museum. It is near the Town Hall on a canal. It is definitely worth finding. I had no idea what it took to make lace. From the handmade traditions, which were mind boggling complex,...More

Thank chawinflut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In this repurposed lace factory building you learn all about lace making, the history, manufacturing, design and more. Very comprehensive exhibits and a neat Givency exhibition as well. Worth the visit!

Thank Sweetwater
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Just incredible ,I am so impressed . Firstly ...group bookings with guides no problem, adequate toilet facilities super clean ,on all floors. Portable walking stick/ stool available ,licensed restaurant / coffee lounge . Now the museaum please allow two houRs minimum ,well thought out, demonstration...More

Thank G8773ALJanet
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I went around this exhibition with my work colleague, my friend and my husband. We did it for research for work and it was amazing. The lace through the ages, the lace machine demonstrated just for us four, brilliant. Would go back again and again,...More

1  Thank Snowy218
Reviewed 9 August 2017

It was great to see the fabulous designs of Givenchy at the Museum of Lace (Cite Internationale de la Dentelle); this museum is walking distance from Calais Town Hall.

Thank BZM_13
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Superb exhibition well explained quite interactive and a beautiful place too There is so much to see and lots of variety plus a demonstration of lacemaking too Well worth the money

Thank Hoppityskip
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We arrived as they were doing a demonstration of the lace making which the guy explained as he went along which really brought it to life. Staff were helpful, and we also saw a temporary exhibition which was good too.

Thank Matthew A
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were expecting a museum that I would find interesting and my husband would not. We were pleasantly surprised with the range of interest this peaked! This had a special fashion exhibit that neither of us really understood (not into fashion, but others may like...More

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here as part of a press trip and was blown away, excellent guided visit with first class explanation of the history of the Calais lace industry. Museum and exhibits all superbly presented with working machines producing lace, nice to see machines made in Nottingham

Thank MichaelWhinger
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the history of lace making or in industrial machinery, this is the place to go. There is an interesting permanent exhibition which explains how lace has been made over the years. In addition to numerous examples of lace there is...More

Thank OakwoodEN2
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