Haute Couture House Schiaparelli has launched a version of the iconic brooch worn by Lady Gaga when she performed the United States National Anthem at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20th of this year.
The brooch which features a dove holding an olive branch made headlines at the time and is known as the Schiaparelli Dove; a symbol of peace and hope.
All proceeds of the brooch will be donated to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, a charitable organization which she co-founded with her mother Cynthia Germanotta with the mission to support youth mental health and work with young people to build a kinder and braver world.
“My daughter and I, along with the young people we work with every day, believe kindness is the way forward from the overlapping, ongoing crises of the last year and a half. We couldn’t be more grateful to have the proceeds from the Schiaparelli Dove, a beautiful symbol of hope and new beginnings, benefit our work and mission to build a kinder, braver world,” says Cynthia Germanotta, Co-founder and President of Born This Way Foundation.
“With the support of Schiaparelli, we will continue to follow the lead of this aspirational, hopeful generation to build movements that address youth mental health and connect them to the resources they need to not only survive their lives, but thrive.”
The dove has long been a symbol used by the house. Influenced by the artists of the dada and cubism movements, Elsa Schiaparelli used surrealist imagery of the masters of her time in her designs such as the Dove. She owned Oiseaux en cage, “Caged Birds” by Picasso, an oil on canvas from 1937 that shows a dove and a crow in a cage. Her friends saw the dove and black raven as symbols of her dual personality.
When Elsa left for the U.S. to escape World War II, her favourite brooch in the shape of a dove was pinned to the suit she wore as she arrived in New York. The Dove would stay with Schiaparelli for a long time, and can be found throughout her designs in the form of prints on gowns or as accessories.
When the Schiaparelli Dove made a return this time designed by Creative Director Daniel Roseberry, it was designed as a symbol of a renewed sense of peace and hope marked by Gaga’s performance.
Daniel Roseberry, Creative Director at Schiaparelli, states, “Like so many of us, I have been inspired by Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation for years. Her inauguration performance, and the symbolic Dove Brooch, is a milestone in the history of this Maison and in my life. It is with great pride that we are able to contribute to Gaga’s foundation and the remarkable work it has done in the lives of young people everywhere, moving them towards more freedom, kindness, and love.”
The Dove brooch is available for purchase in three different sizes, from Schiaparelli, Bergdorf Goodman and Dover Street Markets starting July 22nd. All proceeds will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation.