A new exhibit at Florida’s The Dalí Museum celebrates the OG art-meets-fashion duo

Some of the most fun and electric collaborations have come out of an artist and designer joining forces — Cindy Sherman and Comme des Garçons, Spike Jonze and Opening Ceremony, Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton, and, most recently, Yayoi Kusama and X-Girl. For all of this brilliance, we have Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí to thank, and The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is celebrating the OG art/fashion duo.

The exhibit — opening October 18 and running through January 14, 2018 — is called In Daring Fashion and features, according to the press release, haute couture gowns and accessories, jewelry, paintings, drawings, objects and photos, as well as new designs by Bertrand Guyon for Maison Schiaparelli.

Steff Yotka visited the exhibit for Vogue and observed that, located in the top-floor gallery, “right at the horizon line in a Dalí landscape, some of the artist’s greatest works [were] sitting beside Schiaparelli’s incredible couture pieces.” One of the duo’s most famous collaborations is the Lobster Dress, accompanied in the exhibit by a projection of a lobster climbing up a gallery wall.

Dalí had already created the truly fabulous Lobster Phone in 1936, and, in 1937, he collaborated with Schiaparelli on the infamous Lobster Dress for her Summer 1937 Haute Couture collection. The artist designed a lobster motif with sprigs of parsley interspersed and printed on white organza. Dalí, according to legend, wanted to apply real mayonnaise on the dress but Schiaparelli refused.

“The list of their shared works includes some of fashion’s most surprising and stunning garments,” Yotka writes. “Their creative process seems to be a two-way street, with the designer calling on Dalí to design her perfume bottles, and the artist asking Schiaparelli to interpret his haunting female forms in 1938’s Tear Dress and 1938’s Skeleton Dress.”

Should you happen to be in St. Petersburg, Florida, this winter, stop by The Dalí Museum to see the best of surrealism meets fashion. The museum has also teamed up with Dress for Success of Tampa Bay to accept donations of new and gently used clothes and accessories from exhibit visitors.

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