The butterfly has always been a symbol for change, and metamorphosis - something particularly poignant at Easter. This portrait of Princess Margaret in Ballgown featuring butterflies was taken in August 1930, when she became the Countess of Snowdon - changing from a gangly young woman into a beautiful princess.
|Princess Margaret, 1930|
In the 1920's and 30's the butterfly was also the symbol of change, from ugly to beautiful, of the Surrealists.
|Vogue cover 1920s with butterflies|
Italian Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the most significant proponent of surrealism in fashion. She collaborated with many surrealist artists, but especially with Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Man Ray, and shared many Surrealist views with these artists. She was well-known for her whimsical and surrealist designs especially for evening wear, dinner jackets and accessories including jewellery, hats and shoes. In Summer 1937 she presented the Metamorphose collection.
|Evening dress by Elsa Schiaparelli , 1937|
Schiaparelli featured the butterfly print on other pieces in her summer collection as well, including parasols and her new waltz-length evening dresses.
|Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli,1932|
|Paula Abdul in the Madame Butterfly Dress|