Schiaparelli Lion Dress
Asymmetrical body-skimming infinite draping dress in black stretch velvet, worn with hyper-realistic lion faux fur and resin handmade head on the sleeve.
In the collection notes for this season, Roseberry explained himself. He was influenced by Dante Alighieri’s 14th century work The Divine Comedy, a 14,233-line poem divided into three books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Roseberry says he was particularly struck by “the leopard, the lion, and the she-wolf—representing lust, pride, and avarice” in Inferno. So much so that he recreated these “faux-taxidermy creations,” constructed by hand from foam, resin, and other manmade materials. He wanted to celebrate “the glory of nature and guarding the woman who wears it.”
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Elsa Schiaparelli instilled a creative spirit in 20th-century fashion with her inventive imagination and revolutionary vision on sportswear, Haute Couture, art, fragrance, and ordinary elements turned into elaborate creations. Her iconic collaborations with artists like Dalí, Cocteau, Man Ray, Giacometti and Marcel Vertès became legendary.
Nowadays, the Maison Schiaparelli cultivates this incredible heritage, offering women of the 21st-century the essence of a bold style and timeless allure.