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29 June 2017

The Calais lace-maker and Leavers specialist joins the ELLE Fashion Solidarity Competition to celebrate this year’s theme: Lace!

  • The ELLE Foundation launched the 13th edition of the ELLE Fashion Solidarity Competition in January this year. Its objective is to help young women achieve their dream of studying at one of the major fashion schools in Paris (Esmod, the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and Studio Berçot).
    Lace was chosen as this year’s theme.
    Darquer was also represented on the judging panel, presided over by the designer, Christian Lacroix, with Stéphane Plassier as vice-president, alongside representatives from the fashion schools and ELLE journalists. Candidates were assessed during three phases of the competition: submission of designs, presentation of prototypes (created using Darquer lace), followed by an oral project presentation.
    The three winners were announced recently on June 12th 2017 at the Palais Galliera, City of Paris Fashion Museum. The winners are as follows:
    Marie-Thérèse Gbayère
    Léa Fernandes
    Agathe Ouvrard
    Rewarded by the judging panel for their creativity, style choices and commitment, the winners’ studies will be financed by the ELLE Foundation and its partner Amazon. Their courses at the fashion schools will begin in September 2017.


Established in 1840, Darquer creates and produces collections of Leavers lace in Calais. It is the oldest producer of Calais and Caudry lace. Since 1840, the refinement demonstrated by the brand has only been equalled by its time-honoured creativity which was entirely dedicated to Haute Couture, before being opened up to ready-to-wear and more recently luxury lingerie. In 2016, Darquer launched a new collection of ‘Artist Lace’. The American artist, Rose-Lynn Fisher, was the first to collaborate on the project.

In 2017, DARQUER opened a Parisian showroom in one of the lodge houses which frame the entrance to the 18th century Hôtel de Vibraye, a listed historic monument at 15 rue Vieille du Temple in the fourth arrondissement.
The showroom enables the historic lace-maker to provide rapid and precise responses to requests from couture and fashion houses: offering an ‘in-stock’ order service, many of the brand’s most representative laces are available on site and a selection of archive records can also be consulted in the showroom.


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