Artificial flowers are back in style, a fashion accessory to be found from hats to shoes and everywhere in between.
Fake flowers haven't been a major fashion statement, according to an article in the current issue of Connoisseur, since the 1930s when they were worn by everybody from debutantes to Eleanor Roosevelt.Now Ungaro has pinned flowers up and down is ruffled gown, while Givenchy has covered strapless evening dresses with hundreds of delicately colored blossoms.
Galanos has created a capelet of mammoth, fragile pink flowers for a strict green evening gown and has pieced together a bolero of aqua satin roses. Jean Paul Gaultier tops a turban with flowers and butterflies and invites women to squeeze into rubber skirts dripping with rubber seaweed.
Armani adorns a spare suit with a blowsy rose, Dior embellishes a lavish straw hat with pale cabbage roses and the man who started the flower fetish, Christian Lacroix, is still loading his poufs with rosettes, ribbons and enormous full-blown fake roses.
These beautiful, imperishable blooms are made now much as they were 200 years ago, when their leaves were taffeta, their petals of fine batiste, and one master fleuriste even created a rose for Marie Antoinette out of the film inside eggshells.
Shortcuts are almost unknown as flowers are painstakingly made by hand and the cutting and curling, coloring and assembly of a single flower takes countless hours and many artisans.
That's why a single delphinium can cost more than $200 and at Chanel in New York the classic silk camellia will set you back $140 before tax.