The Textile Museum St. Gallen disposes of an international significant collection of historic laces. Selective objects will be presented for the first time in the USA. In collaboration with the Bard Graduate Centre New York the exhibition “Threads of Power. Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen (CH), it will be presented from September 16, 2022 up to and inclusive January 1, 2023 in New York in the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.
A view to the insight of the exhibition “Threads of Power. Lace from the Textilmuseum St.Gallen at the Bard Graduate Centre New York (Caption by Da Ping Luo)
The exquisite collection of lace is due to the flourishing Eastern Swiss Textile industry, exporting their embroidery at the end of the 19th century on a global basis. Originially destined to nobility and clerus the valuable handywork was purposely collected by textile manufacturers to serve as templates for the own industrial production. Today the valuable objects are in the possession of the Textilmuseum St. Gallen, disposing of more than 5000 pieces, thus an international significant collection.
Exposed in New York are some of the worldwide most beautiful examples for bobbin lace worn by the rich and powerful in the 16th up to the 18th century at the noble courts of Spain and France.In the exhibition Threads of Power. Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen that can be visited until the end of 2022 at the Bard Graduate Centre Gallery it is possible to view handyworks of ladies, the development of fine lace and etching embroideries, known as guipure lace and also embroidery machines. Actual innovation of the embroidery production such as laser cut or 3D printed lace, used in the contemporary Haute Couture, can also be viewed. A highlight represent the exhibited costumes,including the one dress made of St. Galle lace First Lady Michelle Obama was wearing at the first inauguration of her husband.
The exhibition at Bard Graduate Centre in New York was already presented in a similar way in the Textilmuseum St. Gallen: “It is a great joy that our exhibition “Threads of Power” can be viewed in the USA and thus our valuable collection will enjoy public attention, states the managing director Mandana Roozupeikar.
Curator of the exhibition were Emma Cormack, Bard Graduate Centre; Ilona Kos, Curator, Textilmuseum St. Gallen; Michele Majer, Bard Graduate Centre.
We thank the Coby Foundation, der Zürcherischen Seidenindustriegesellschaft, der Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the Swiss Consulate in New York, Schweizerischen Konsulat in New York, Swiss Tourism Schweiz Tourismus, the Forster Rohner AG, Tobias Forster und AKRIS for their support.