A Fashion Fly-By Inspired by Last Night’s Debate

“The jeweled bug that lit almost everything at Schiaparelli—here, embroidered on a stole in bright silks and glitter.”Photographed by Robert Randall, Vogue, November 15, 1952

The internet is abuzz over the fly that crashed the vice presidential debate last night. It openly flouted the rules laid out by Susan Page and seemed to relish its 15 seconds of fame, a notoriety that has now been greatly extended via memes.

A fly-by of the Vogue Archive yielded this embroidered stole, designed by Schiaparelli in 1952, that the editors at the time deemed appropriate for “resorts; country weekend; at home.” This wasn’t the first time Schiap played entomologist. In the collection of the Costume Institute is a Rhodid necklace embedded with insects from the designer’s 1938 “Pagan” collection. The curatorial notes on the piece suggest that it “epitomizes Schiaparelli’s Surrealist tendencies, perhaps more than any other design she executed because of

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