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Friday, October 29, 2010

Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla

TITLE: Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla
ARTIST: Mary Cassatt
OWNER: Smithsonian American Art Museum
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jacquline Kennedy at the funeral of Robert Kennedy

Original caption: A mantilla covering her head, Mrs. John F. Kennedy prays at St. Patrick's Cathedral, where the body of her brother-in-law, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, lies in state. June 07, 1968

Friday, October 22, 2010

Charlotte of Monaco wearing a mantilla

Princess Caroline's daughter Charlotte Casiraghi adjusts her mantilla during a mass for the first anniversary of Prince Rainier's death at Monaco cathedral April 6, 2006.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In Poland

Late Polish President Lech Kaczynski's daughter Marta attends a funeral mass for her parents at St.John's Cathedral in Warsaw on April 17, 2010.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Make a Chapel Veil |

How to Make a Chapel Veil |
By ValerieK, eHow Contributor
updated: October 12, 2010

Chapel veils or mantillas, have been part of religious history since Christianity began. According to St. Paul´s Epistle to the Corinthians, "Every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head." (Corinthians 11:5). A chapel veil signifies respect and reverence for the church. Rooted in the Catholic faith, parishioners often wear chapel veils during church services and occasionally wear them during wedding ceremonies. You can create your own chapel veil for a traditional look for your wedding ceremony.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need:
Measuring tape
Rotary circle cutter
Sewing needle
Straight pins
Fabric chalk
Fabric such as lace or tulle
Border fabric
Sewing machine

1. Measure from the top middle of your head to a stop point on one side. Stop your measurement no farther than your shoulders for a traditional chapel veil or to the floor if you are using a cathedral chapel veil. Be sure to wear the shoes you will wear during the service because this can affect the total length. Double this measurement.

2. Cut out fabric to match the length you measured. Use a metal ruler if you will be using a straight-edged shape such as a rectangle and mark your cutting lines. Use a rotary circle cutter for a a circular or oblong chapel veil. Cut out the fabric in the desired shape.

3. Place a cloth over the fabric. Iron the fabric on a low setting in slow circular motions.

4. Pins the border to the main fabric. Sew the bordering lace using a simple stitch. Use a craft glue or bonding adhesive for a no-sew option.

5. Add embellishments, such as iron-on appliques, pearl beads or sequins. The chapel veil is a traditional garment and often less is more.

6. Analyze your veil. If the veil seems bare, add more embellishments. If it is too short, go back to Step 2 and use a seam ripper to separate the central fabric from the border. Cut out a new section of fabric and start over. Try the veil on to make sure it fits as you envisioned it and make necessary adjustments. Place the finished veil in a garment bag to safely store it

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jacqueline Kennedy on her way to mass

Jacqueline Kennedy, wearing a cream lace mantilla, on her way to attend Mass on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1962
 Ravello, Italy

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Queen Elizabeth at a Windsor Funeral

Protestants veiled once too.

In this photo, a hat is worn by Her Majesty, a mantilla by the Duchess of Windsor and a hat and veil by the late Queen Mother at a funeral for the Duke of Windsor .

Photo Caption - 3rd June 1972: Queen Elizabeth II followed by the Duchess of Windsor (1896 - 1986) and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) as they leave St Geoge's Chapel, Windsor after the funeral service for the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII.

Queen Elizabeth II with the Duchess of Windsor, 3rd June 1972

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What Color Mantilla? Black or White?

It doesn't much matter these days what color you wear. There are no hard and fast rules. 

Traditionally, however, you wore black if you were married and ivory or white if you were unmarried. 

As a married woman, therefore, I usually wear black. In the summer I occasionally wear an ivory mantilla depending on my attire and if I think that the black feels a little too dark.