Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - June 25, 2011

Dress of the Day: Elsa Schiaparelli, Lobster Dress (1937). Schiaparelli, one of the seminal designers of the 20th century, often collaborated with artists. She designed this famous lobster dress with Salvador Dali. As part of her highly individual approach to fashion, Schiaparelli often sought to provoke thought and surprise. She designed her signature shade "Shocking" pink, with perfume of the same name. I love how Schiaparelli created clothing that is beautiful and also raises questions. Viewing this dress, we ask ourselves, what does it mean? Why a lobster? To choose what to wear is to choose how we present ourselves to others, and our choices can also tell us about ourselves. Is our approach to fashion shaped by our own psychology? Schiaparelli made this question vivid - she designed a dress in a print inspired by a Rorschach test. Whimsical, yes. Profound, absolutely.

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