Here’s another Schiaparelli piece. I love Schiap; she wasn’t afraid to take kitsch further than kitsch has ever been taken before.
And this piece really takes the proverbial cake. Or lobster. Or in this case, music box.
This spectacular dress embroidered with music notes was part of Schiaparelli’s fall 1939 collection based on music. It’s made of gossamer organza so it can move as fluidly as the music it’s inspired by.
And look, those are MATCHING GLOVES!
That isn’t even the best part. Schiap used a working music box as the belt buckle.
(all images but gloves from metmuseum.org)
The dress was worn by Millicent Rogers, who was also a customer of the equally innovative Charles James. I scoured Google for an image of Rogers wearing it but alas I couldn’t find one.
So there you have it: the gloves and undoubtedly other accessories match the dress for which the concept matches the fabric which complements the fact that there was an actual music box buckled around Millicent Rogers’ waist. I know this is technically a fashion critique, but I have nothing to critique here. I’m in awe, and that is the only appropriate reaction.