I was taken aback when walking through Brown Thomas yesterday by this dress. There she was on a manikin looking all innocent – and tatting-like. Closer (ok, about 2 metres off) it was apparent that the lace in question, while mimicking tatting’s forms was certainly not tatting. In fact it looked rather like bits of nylon sewn down into the shapes and rather cheap and nasty too.
Chanel’s own website calls this “guipure” lace, which wikipedia redirects to filet lace (certainly isn’t that). Merrium-Webster claims it is a heavy large-patterned lace dating from the mid 19th century.
Chanel clothes are expensive enough that they should have been able to provide the real deal.