Most followers of fashion are familiar with Italian fabrics and in particular, lace, which for centuries has become synonymous with high-quality, exceptional style and beauty.

When it comes to high quality material, Italian lace is one of the most popular choices for special occasion dresses, all because of its look, feel and touch.  It lends itself to creating elegant, flattering and imaginatively unusual mother of the bride / groom outfits that will make you stand out from the crowd whilst feeling confident and beautiful in your own skin.  Additionally, lace does not crease – you’ll look as fresh in it from morning through to the early hours.

Italian lace is a very light and airy fabric made of yarn or thread in an open web-like pattern.  It drapes beautifully and can hide a multitude of sins – a perfect material to create plus size dresses.  Such attributes mean that lace dress are also easily folded and transportable wherever your destination is near or far.

Esmeralda 3-piece outfit by Ann Balon

Throughout the history of fashion, lace has been used to add femininity and elegance.  Carla dress and coat shown here is an example of how an outfit made of fine Italian lace, flows and drapes beautifully, following the contours of the body without hugging it.  The delicate applique work around the neck of the dress and along the panels of the coat, showcase the extra feminine touch.

Our Italian lace, which arrives in its natural form, is then hand-dyed in a wide palate of colours ranging from soft, romantic pastel shades to stronger more vibrant tones.  The beauty of this is that when producing an outfit, further eye-catching embellishments in lace and subtle design details, such as sequins, can be added.

The entire ensemble is then dyed, resulting in a beautiful even-toned finish.  Sometimes, for more subtle, muted tones, light volcanic porous pumice is added to the large dye vats resulting in a uniquely textured feel.

In the video opposite, you can how everything comes together perfectly in our stunning, soft, pink lace Aurora tea length dress and jacket.


The lace, when hand-dyed at high temperatures, becomes very soft, enabling the fabric to drape beautifully.

Elegant, laced jackets offer great arm coverage without causing overheating.  Elasticated waists provide extra comfort as well as longer camisoles and jackets that flatter and give shape even to the most difficult plus size figure.  Teamed with an elegant hat or fascinator, Ann Balon designs provide you with a collection of chic and effortless outfit to dazzle at any special occasion.

All our designs go up to size 28/30 (UK) and we can guarantee that you will lose at least two dress sizes.

To find your perfect lace dress, take a look at our full range here on our Collections page.

Greta 3-piece outfit by Ann Balon

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