Lobster Dress – Elsa Schiaparelli Summer/Fall 1937

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment


Wallis Simpson photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1937


White and red silk organza lobster print evening dresses by Elsa Schiaparelli, hand-painted by Salvador Dalí, 1937

Salvador Dali lobster telephone from 1936 that is supposed to have inspired the dress pattern



The lobster dress was infamously worn by Wallis Simpson, the Duke of Windsor’s wife, who was the reason he was no longer King of the United Kingdom.  She was photographed in the dress by famed photographer Cecil Beaton.

The placement of the lobster on the ‘virginal’ white dress has always caused a stir for it’s sexual innuendo, and when worn by a woman many blamed for seducing, latching on to, and not letting go of the future King, the dress became symbolic for many and as infamous as she had become.

It is rumored that Dali wanted to apply real mayonnaise to the lobster on the dress but that Schiaparelli objected.

text via www.italophiles.com


Love for Fabric – Skinny LaMinx yardage

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Heather Moore lives and works in Cape Town. She designs and illustrates upholstery fabrics and more for her own brand, Skinny LaMinx; fabrics above from Orla and Sevilla Rock collections.

Champagne isn’t drinking, it’s a way of life – Fault Magazine

January 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

With Love from Me by Fault Magazine Winter 2010

Print’s not Dead – Pull, Tap, Pop! à la mode

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Project pop-up book by German media student – self-proclaimed “graphic surgeon” – Ruben Scupin

Sunny Days in Winter – Alexis Mabille for Pyrenex A/W 2011

January 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Alexis Mabille for Pyrenex – Multicolour Estampe Jacket inspired by the sunrise overlooking Tokyo

Of Clothes and Men – Mugler A/W 11

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Creative Director Nicola Formichetti and designer Romain Kremer launch the new Mugler A/W 11 collection – talk about reinvention!

Via: dazeddigital.com

For snail mail lovers – Digby and Iona Diamond Signet Ring

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

E-mail, our foot! Go for wax sealed envelopes for all your snail mail with this Digby and Iona Diamond Signet Ring (stick of blood red J. Herbin sealing wax included).

Available here: http://digbyandiona.com/store/show/DS

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