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Calais - France

Cité de la dentelle et de la mode

The museum and collection

Located in an authentic 19th century lace factory in Calais, Cité de la dentelle et de la mode is the point of reference for the history of loom woven lace. The site has been restored throughout and enlarged by a contemporary extension whose flowing lines were designed by Moatti et Rivière. Its glass façade, screen-printed with Jacquard card motifs, gives the premises a new identity, determinedly turned towards the future. As an institution for the exchange and conservation of knowledge, Cité de la dentelle et de la mode is a showcase for the profession. In this way, the museum contributes to the reputation of Calais as the world capital of machine made lace. 

The collections are displayed in an exhibition space of 2500 m2 and divided up into five galleries that highlight know-how and techniques behind lacemaking and the use of lace in fashion and design. The resource centre provides professionals and researchers with a specialised book and fabric library.

The assignment

The works comprised the manufacturing and integration of wood, metal and glass display cases and the mounting of the artefacts. Most of the cases were developed to special designs which presented a challenge for Meyvaert. Museum staff were provided appropriate solutions to easily access and operate the showcases. In particular, the project also included large freestanding cases, some of which are executed with curved glass.


Cité de la dentelle et de la mode


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Custom Design





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Pascal Payeur


Moatti et Rivière


Free standing cases, free standing cases with curved glass, table cases

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