1. This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.
Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.
This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

    This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.

    Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.

    This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

  2. An ostrich feather headdress was also favored by Anne Marie Louise d’Orléans, Duchess of Montpensie and cousin to Louis XIV, in this mid-17th Century portrait by Louis Ferdinand Elle.

    An ostrich feather headdress was also favored by Anne Marie Louise d’Orléans, Duchess of Montpensie and cousin to Louis XIV, in this mid-17th Century portrait by Louis Ferdinand Elle.