We're always told to have patience and to work hard, but this incredible project brings it to an extreme — three years, 1.2 million Golden Orb Weaver spiders that were individually collected in Madagascar, and intense hours of extreme labor by highly skilled workers, all came together to make a single, golden dress.
Talk about being dedicated to your art! And that's exactly what Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley are — dedicated.
Designing just one cape might seem like no big deal, but this was an excruciatingly long process. It took literally millions of spiders. I cannot stress that enough — MILLIONS. Plus, thousands of hours of working and a team of 80 specially trained workers and handlers.
When it was finished, the cape and outfit were on display in 2009 at the American Museum of Natural History. Later, in 2011, it was on display as part of the African gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago. It had great success, and while on display at the American Museum of Natural History, visitor numbers absolutely sky-rocketed.
"We were keen to show in 2012 the spider silk textiles at the V&A as it was the most appropriate place to premiere this work in Europe," Peers explained. "An exquisite creation, a highly admirable work that met the ambitions of its creators; at a time when it sometimes feels like it’s all been done, we wanted to produce something magical, something to marvel at."