It's likely you're aware of Givenchy's skeleton-inspired collection, designed by Riccardo Tisci, as it was the most remarked-about of the Fall 2010 Paris couture shows. The intricate gown below generated a lot of press, featuring precise beading and feather details evocative of the human anatomy. It's a stunning work of art.
Givenchy's gown got me thinking about a much earlier bone-inspired dress— Elsa Schiaparelli's "Skeleton Dress." She collaborated with Salvador Dalí on this design for her Circus Collection (1938). Her black crepe creation featured padded ribs, spine, and leg bones— very provocative and original for its time.
Can you imagine 1930's socialites wearing this little number to high-society functions? (The adventurous ones did— scandalous!)
I wonder who will be daring (or lucky) enough to wear Givenchy's creation this year.