The same day of the other InstaMeet in Calais, we visited The Museum of Lace and Fashion of Calais. Two museums in a day, the schedule was quite tight but it was definitely worth it.

I have not taken many photos of the museum itself nor its content but here are a few interesting pictures.
To access to the library, there's a corridor decorated with neons lights, it's very original.

Inside the library:

# The lace factory

Along with the main exhibit (see further below), we had the chance and the time to also visit the lace factory. Giant machines, extremely complex that deals with thousands of threads, this is impressive!

The best part: it works with punch cards! Unbelievable!

Of course, somebody has to punch these cards and it looks to be a very unpleasant work:

Then, here's the machine that connects the punch cards together. It's basically a sewing machine:

Reels of thread, I found these view visually appealing.

# The main exhibit

We went there on the occasion of the recent inauguration of the Givenchy's retrospective exhibit. It's a beautiful exhibit that showcases a summary of 40 years of Givenchy's best haute couture designs.

If you are into fashion or got some interest into the fashion industry, this exhibit is a must see.

If you would like to see more artsy pictures of the dummies/showcased designs, you need to check out the dedicated article to Givenchy's dummies.

I would like to thank you very much the organizers of this InstaMeet and of course the museum and its staff for receiving us very well. I will come back later because I've been rushed into the lace factory and I could not find as much inspiration as I wished.