I was not able to actually travel to Paris to see the Dries Van Noten exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, but the image that Marsellius sent of the butter cream colored column gown covered in butterflies was enough to send me over the proverbial edge. The exhibit located in the Palais du Louvre's western wing opened in March 2014 and featured many dream garments that inspired Van Noten to create sumptuous pieces. Though Elsa Schiaparelli created the original butterfly frock that I’d initially coveted over email, Ms. P in DC was able to conjure up a believable version for me to wear to a wedding for the Johnson’s held at the Greenbrier Resort a few weeks ago.
I suppose the innumerable butterflies in various stages of flight placed strategically throughout the dress, would soon have its desired effect. A hurricane was coming. But when?
See Schiperreli’s famous frock HERE
In the 1970’s Vivienne Westwood opened “SEDITIONARIES” boutique at 430 Kings Road Chelsea, London with her husband Malcolm McLaren. The boutique became infamous for churning out distressed t-shirts emblazoned with provocative slogans and imagery. Many years later, Westwood admits that much of the “punk” artwork was created to not only titillate but to challenge societal norms. Today politicizing fashion by juxtaposing everyday images with more subversive ones is not so unusual. Take my favorite femme fatale, Marilyn Monroe. On a recent trip south of the Mason Dixon I encountered a side of Marilyn that I had never seen. Instead of retreating behind a hand full of sedatives, the 2014 Marilyn is head up, full frontal, barrels blazing. The altered image resonates as most provocative images do. How different would Marilyn’s life have been if she could handle a firearm?
Read up on a Fashion Icon: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: new biography by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly launched October 8, 2014
Simone Butterfly has been investigating fashion with a twinkle & a twirl since 2003.