Welcome to Week 2 of my Pot Luck series, where we look to the lovable lobster.
For centuries, lobsters have inspired art: from de Heem’s 17th century Still Life with Lobster, to Dali’s iconic Lobster Telephone, 1936.
Salvador Dali’s lobsters were surrealist, and sexually provocative. (Note that the lobster’s tail, where its sexual parts are, is right over the telephone mouthpiece). So it was something of a statement when Dali painted a lobster on one of Elsa Schiaparelli’s white, silk dresses which was then worn by Wallis Simpson in 1937.
Flash forward to the end of the twentieth century, and the lobster continued to be seen as an enchanting and exotic creature. In 1998, the late Isabella Blow famously rocked up at London Fashion Week with a Swarovski-studded lobster clinging to her head. She complained about the lingering fish smell emanating from the taxidermy-lobster accessory. Blow’s headdress went on to be a point of inspiration for the lobster hat Philip Treacy made for Lady Gaga twelve years later.
Lobsters continue to be bang on trend. Somehow still risqué, somehow still sexual. Last year, I was helping cater at Charlotte Goldsmith and Philip Colbert’s wedding, and there was a lot of excitement surrounding the groom’s suit, which was embroidered with lots of teeny, tiny lobsters. Somehow I just don’t think that embroidered tomatoes or embroidered cupcakes would have got the same reaction….
(From top left, clockwise)