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

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