Alençon

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Alençon

(äläNsôN`), town (1990 pop. 31,139), capital of Orne dept., N France, in Normandy, on the Sarthe and Briante rivers. A commercial center in a fertile farm area, it is particularly noted for its fine lace work, an industry which dates from the 17th cent. The town also has spinning mills, printing plants, sawmills, and quarries. Alençon was heavily damaged in World War II. Among its surviving structures are Notre Dame Church, with windows and a porch from the 16th cent.; the Gothic St. Leonard's Church (completed in 1505); and the Ozé House (15th cent.).

alençon

[ə′len‚sän]
(textiles)
A type of point lace characterized by a fine mesh ground and a floral design that is outlined with heavy thread.
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The strapless bodice was appliqued in heavily beaded Alencon lace and featured a sweetheart neckline framed with scalloped lace.
After being thrown on to the running rail, Javoy was taken by helicopter to a hospital at Alencon after the racecourse medical team realised the serious nature of his injuries.
St Therese was born in Alencon, Normandy, in 1873, and at an early age entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux.
Officers gave him a pounds 535 fine, took his licence and questioned him after he triggered a road trap between Sees and Alencon in Northern France.
Zelie ran a successful lace business from her home in Alencon, and Louis traveled to Paris to sell the lace to the great department stores.
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After the death of the monarch's heir and brother, the duke of Alencon, in 1578, Henry instigated a new system with two archimignons, Epernon and Joyeuse, who in turn had their own clients.
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The gown featured an Alencon lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline and handmade detachable Alencon lace straps.
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