The utmost in daintiness and femininity can no doubt be in expressed with lace, applique and embroidery and oh how we love seeing it on a beautiful wedding dress! It’s truly like wearable art in motion! Developed in Europe in the 1600’s, the intricacies of lace have never failed to astound. Needle (single thread) or bobbin (the plaiting of many threads), these complex designs spell beauty! Often named after the towns or villages they were made in, the preeminent lace making centers eventually became Italy and France. They were painstakingly created (not to mention time consuming) and were considered true luxury items and reserved for sophisticates, social elites and the aristocracy. Embroidery and applique, however, date back even further and were actually first use as artful techniques used to cover up and extend the life of blankets, quilts and finally clothing. As time progressed, they were eventually used to decorate clothing and became status symbols denoting wealth and style. All three of these “attentions to detail” have become things of style and beauty and never fail to impress. They are truly the focal points on a wedding dresses - like these beauties by Berta - today!