A special gown, in honor of designer Elsa Schiaparelli, famed for her surrealist take on fashion.
The designer Elsa Schiaparelli, famed for her surrealist take on fashion (in her heyday in the ’30s, she collaborated with Dali and Cocteau), died in 1973, but her creative spirit lives on. Though she closed her House of Schiaparelli in 1954, it reopened six years ago in its original Paris location, with designer Bertrand Guyon continuing her tradition. It seems right that the woman who famously designed a dress with a large lobster on it (elegantly worn by the Duchess of Windsor) would have her name on this dreamy garment from the house’s 2018/19 fall/winter collection: a dress blooming with butterflies and other insects, both woven into the fabric and attached to it, as if they flitted. It’s both dark and romantic; a swarm of beauty, in dress form.