According to officials at the Museum Ijsselstein, The Common Linnets’ song “Calm After the Storm” wasn’t the only work of art on show that evening. They were really into Ilse DeLange’s lace dress, so much so that they are including it as part of an exhibition entitled “Ongekend Kant,” meaning Unprecedented Lace.
The exhibition explores the value, history and use of lace. According to the Museum, the miraculous dress is a work of art that deserves to be exhibited alongside pieces from various painters, sculptors, fashion designers and photgraphers. It sits on a mannequin next to the guitar held by Ilse DeLange on the big night in B&W Hallerne.
The museum reached out to Claes Iversen, the dress’s designer, immediately after Eurovision 2014. Iversen agreed to have the dress showcased in the exhibition, which runs until the 21st of September. Smart move: fashion designers want to associate themselves with cultured people with disposable income—the same kind of people who visit museums.
Here’s Ilse putting her dress to good use during Eurovision:
Photo Source: eurovision.tv (EBU)