The Eyes of the Peacock

Photography by Ram Shergill

Fashion Direction by Margherita Gardella

Production DPH Creative Production

Model Leila Zandonai

Hair Issey Hide

Make Up Barrie Griffith

Nails Julia Babbage

Styling Assistants Jade Jeboda, Debora Storti, Benedetta Baruffi

 Dress Zaeem Jamal, brooch Andrew Logan, gloves Cornelia James, silk cushions Mariska Meijers, peacock fabric Lizzo

Dress Zaeem Jamal, brooch Andrew Logan, gloves Cornelia James, silk cushions Mariska Meijers, peacock fabric Lizzo

Feathers winding hand in hand, stitches close together, creating a unique texture. Each piece of yarn winding up, reflecting the light, so soft. Shimmering, half illusion, half reality it seems, colours that let our mind drift to scenes so rich. The black and white film with the elegant character of the story reclining on a chaise longue in a chiffon dress, her jewels accentuating the light that the fabric catches behind her, a hundred eyes watching that the peacock feathers seem to be… The feathers on the headdress in an archive of stage costumes, witness of music, dance, cabaret, skin and sweat of the dancer that wore them… The garden full of birds in evening light, just catching a quick glance of the animal, painting our imagination blue, green, golden, soft – jewels of nature.

 Top and trousers Junya Watanabe, shoes Salvatore Ferragamo, collar Les Glorieuses, gloves Cornelia James, necklace Butler&Wilson, peacock fabric Lizzo

Top and trousers Junya Watanabe, shoes Salvatore Ferragamo, collar Les Glorieuses, gloves Cornelia James, necklace Butler&Wilson, peacock fabric Lizzo

The Peacock design by Lizzo is one of a range of rich sumptuous designs from the Mata Hari collection. Upon touching, the fabric feels strong and sturdy, the apparent quality becoming even more apparent when turning over. The Lizzo design team were inspired by Mata Hari’s cultural zeitgeist. Her name, meaning “eye of dawn” in Javan culture, where her mother was born, was one of the starting points for the symbolism in the Peacock design. The eyes, having been linked to peacock feathers in many cultures, represent vision, awakening and all-seeing knowledge. At the same time the team were captivated by the charm of exoticism and luxury, and by the yearning for oriental culture that was prevalent at this time. The essence of this inspiration is captured by the most iconic design in the collection: Peacock, which depicts a rich jewel-like layer of peacock feathers in the finest embroidery. The intensely intricate patterning builds in layers to give the impression of feathers on the fabric. This highly decorative design has become of of Lizzo’s most iconic and treasured fabrics.

Jose Angel Climent launched the brand in 2001 having felt that there wasn’t a brand offering a high standard of design and production in an avant-garde stylish alternative but with a refined and eclectic, naturally elegant style. Jose wanted Lizzo to meet the needs of interior designers and global consumers looking for something unique that could create atmosphere through texture and colouration. 

 Pearl and beaded dress and feather jacked Celia Kritharioti, earring (left) Andrew Logan, earring (right) Les Glorieuses, peacock fabric Lizzo

Pearl and beaded dress and feather jacked Celia Kritharioti, earring (left) Andrew Logan, earring (right) Les Glorieuses, peacock fabric Lizzo

See more images in our current print issue, available online and at stockists worldwide including Tate Modern, Somerset House and Wardour News.

Peacock Embroidery by Lizzo, £387 per metre, www.lizzouk.co.uk