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Defined by lace: Dresses, frills, and flourishes

March 7, 2014

Throughout the history of fashion, dresses, frills, and flourishes have been defined by lace. Susan Torntore, Ph.D., curator of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, will discuss this topic in the next Thursday Lecture Series.

Thursday, March 13
7-8 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
(Main building, Room 136)
1400 Remington Street

Susan J. Torntore, Ph.D., Avenir curator, will give a talk titled, "Defined by Lace: Dresses, Frills, and Flourishes in Fashion" in connection with the Avenir Museum's Thursday Lecture Series.

About the Avenir Museum

The Avenir Museum is located in Room 115 of the University Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public

The museum is open:

  • Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

the museum is closed on national and University holidays. 

For more information on the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising,
Please contact (970) 491-1983 or

Browse the exhibit

Before the lecture, browse the exhibit of lace that is currently in the Avenir Museum. "The Intricate Web: Lacemaking, Trade, and Tradition" opened August 30, 2013 and will remain open through May 16, 2014.

The Intricate Web offers an opportunity to see a unique collection of lace textiles, garments and tools from the Avenir Museum’s internationally renowned Hellmann lace collection.

Rare examples of 16th through 18th century lace will be featured alongside handmade and machine-made lace from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The exhibition will trace the history and tradition of lace as a textile embellishment and trade commodity, with a focus on traditional lacemaking techniques, the history and importance of lace in the European and North American textile trade, and use in historic and contemporary fashion.

Contact: Megan Osborne