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Dentelle de Calais Museums

This landmark museum recounts the history of the famous and celebrated mechanical lace-making industry of Calais.

Housed in a 19th century former lace factory, with a modern extension made of glass and steel, the building alone is worth a visit. The architects Alain Moatti and Henri Rivière, who also designed the head office of Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture, wanted to highlight the value of the city’s heritage while creating a link with contemporary design. A long façade of screen-printed glass, with motifs from Jacquard punch cards of the Leavers lace machines, has been grafted onto the original building.

A testimony to Calais’ industrial past, the international city of lace and fashion is also turned towards the future, offering a dynamic environment. The city of lace presents the know-how, techniques, economic and social history, and uses of lace, but also its more contemporary aspects, establishing itself as a place of both memory and modernity. A particular highlight is discovering five Leavers looms in operation.

It is a unique resource centre with the potential to attract fashion designers and artists from all corners of the world.

The permanent galleries, covering 2500 sq.m., are divided into five sections devoted to handmade lace, the industrial history of lace-making in Calais, lace-making machines and the production workshop, fashions in lace in the 20th and 21st centuries, the present and future of lace. An area of 500 sq.m. is reserved for temporary exhibitions. Finally, the City also provides a venue for study, research, training, meetings, social events and creativity. It houses an auditorium, fashion show hall, specialist library, workshops for all ages in learning lace-making, lace conservation, fashion and design, an area dedicated to the profession, a shop, restaurant, etc.

For more information, please visit

Cité internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais
135 Quai du Commerce
62100 Calais - France

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