Lobster has been a major source of inspiration for artists and fashion designers during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its fame started with Salvador Dali, who compared young women to the orange decapod as they “get rosey cheeks when men would like to eat them” and imagined the Lobster Telephone, revealing the secret desires of the uncounscious. His collaboration with Eva Schiaparelli was eventually published – after breaking the rules of of good behaviour – in the British Vogue. Sexual, futuristic and quasi robotic, lobster has became a huge source of inspiration and is now considers as fun and quirky as it rides the trend of animals in fashion.
Salvador Dali, Lobster Telephone (also known as Aphrodisiac Telephone), 1936
The New Yorker, 22 March 1958
Jeff Koons, Lobster, Château de Versailles exhibition
Alexander McQueen, Armadillo heels, 2010
Anna Wintour wearing a Prada dress at the 2012 Met Gala
Wildfox, Spring/Summer 2014 campaign