Erdem | LFW SS 17
A few months ago, divers off the coast of The Netherlands discovered a 17th-century dress that had belonged to Jean Ker, Countess of Roxburghe, a Scottish courtier and lady in waiting to Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.
Erdem Moralioglu related this discovery backstage with clammy-handed excitement, recounting how she was a spy conspiring to sell the crown jewels in France on the Eve of the English Civil War. He projected the narrative into another era, pre-World War II, to conceive his show theme.
“I love the idea that her army and her women landed at Deauville’s beach in 1930,” he said. “To me, the show was about a landing. There was something so very interesting about the idea, these 1650 nipped-in jackets with these Deauville-y cropped trousers and these sun hats.”