Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Eye Candy - Schiaparelli and Dali, 1937

In May of 1937, Cecil Beaton shot official photographs of Wallis Simpson right before her marriage to the Duke of Windsor.  Here, she stands in the garden of the Chateau de Cande wearing the very famous lobster dress that was a design collaboration between Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali.  Schiaparelli designed the dress, while Dali did the artwork of the lobster and parsley sprigs.  Dali's sketch was printed onto the fabric by silk designer Sache.

The dress is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute in New York.  It can currently be seen on display as part of the exhibit "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" through August 19, 2012.