French refinement. Recently, during a concert in Los Angeles as part of the Renaissance World Tour, Beyoncé attracted all eyes with her stunning outfit. What few people knew is that this sensational dress was the result of craftsmanship 100% made in Nord Pas-de-Calais, reports France 3, September 17, 2023. This haute couture piece, created by the famous brand Dolce & Gabbana, was decorated with lace of unequaled finesse. This Calais-Caudry lace, as delicate as it is precious, comes from the Solstiss workshop, located in Caudry, in the North of France. Solstiss is a renowned house which counts, among its clientele, the most prestigious brands in the world of fashion. In 2011, it received the distinction of “living heritage company”.
What makes this lace so special is the manufacturing process. The Leavers range of lace, used for Beyoncé’s dress, is the most luxurious and sought-after. Interestingly, France now has 80% of the Leavers looms in the world, and most of them are in Calais and Caudry. This concentration of know-how is what allows the lace from this region to be of exceptional quality.
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Before Beyoncé, other international stars had opted for Calais-Caudry lace
The delicacy and refinement of Calais-Caudry lace have always seduced celebrities. In 2016, Beyoncé had already chosen a lace dress by Solstiss for the MTV Music Awards. This lace also caused a sensation at the princely wedding of William and Kate in 2011, where the Duchess of Cambridge wore a magnificent wedding dress adorned with lace from the house of Sophie Hallette, also based in Caudry.
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In 2014, during her wedding to George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin also opted for a Calais-Caudry lace dress. Going back even further in time, we remember that the legendary Marilyn Monroe wore a strapless lace dress from this region for the premiere of her film “How to Marry a Millionaire”, more than 70 years ago.
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