I love Schiaparelli’s S/S 2017 collection since it’s heavily inspired by classic Elsa Schiaparelli motifs, so I drew 3 of my favourite outfits from it.
Every time I see a lobster motif I think of Elsa Schiaparelli and Isabella Blow in that order. Two fashionistas of excellence.
As an aside, motifs seem to have been a recurring theme in many fashion collections over the last few years, which is something that Vogue picked up on within menswear in this 2016 article. I don’t really see that easing up any time soon, and here’s some of the research I found on a cursory look:
The Schiaparelli F/W 2014 couture look above just really got me, and it got me wondering when the motif of hearts and arrows in fashion first originated. Then I saw this gorgeous costume which Ginger Rogers wore in a 1938 film called Carefree. I might have to get my sewing machine out and make myself something based on this dress because it’s so adorable.
Big shoutout to WhatGingerWore @ tumblr for their posts on this dress, including this post.
There are two costume designers listed as working on the film Carefree – Edward Stevenson and Howard Greer. A large, placed motif like this really sums up the 30s for me, so it doesn’t surprise me as a costume design in a film of this time. Weird and wonderful motifs were a big deal running right into the 40s and beyond, and Schiaparelli was very fond of using them in her designs, as well as my forever fave, Gilbert Adrian.
Then in the 40s, Susan Dannenberg created the ‘Suse” sweater, which was directly referenced in Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook.
I really hope this trend continues and grows. It brings some much needed fun into the world.