Portraits in Lace

Portraits in Lace

Breton Women

  1. Charles Fréger
  2. Foreword by Marie Darrieussecq
  • ISBN 9780500517994
  • 22.50 x 19.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 264pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2015

A unique illustrated study of a centuries-old costume tradition that continues to thrive in Brittany today. Extraordinary contemporary photographic portraits by one of Europe’s most exciting young photographers

‘The photographic approach is highly imaginative’ – RPS (Royal Photographic Society) Journal
‘Here myth and ritual are replaced by tradition and meticulous craft as Freger turns his formalist gaze on the exclusively female traditional costumes of Brittany’– The Observer

Charles Fréger has photographed a series of portraits of Breton women wearing costumes and headdresses of endless variety: from high starched towers to elaborately pinned, tucked and embroidered confections of handmade lace, as delicate as they are distinctive.

Costumes and headdresses may indicate a wearer’s village, as well as age or status. They are worn for celebrations of a marriage, birth, or a local saint’s day, or to mark a period of mourning. Young girls, women both married and unmarried, mothers, sisters and grandmothers pose in costume for these wonderful photographic portraits.

Over fifty headdresses are introduced and described in a separate reference section, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Fréger’s exceptional photographs demonstrate a wealth of pride and personal expression that make this book a unique testament to a living tradition.

Charles Fréger is an internationally acclaimed photographer and founder of the Piece of Cake project. His previous collection, Wilder Mann, was praised as ‘strange and beautiful’ by the Guardian.
Marie Darrieussecq is a bestselling novelist and winner of the Prix Medicis.