Since its introduction in 1949, the Hermès silk necktie has set the standard. It is a staple of CEOs, politicians, and royalty. Michael Bloomberg has worn one while opening New York fashion week. Less brave politicos such as John Kerry and Bill Clinton reputedly wear Hermès ties in private, sensitive to being called out for not wearing garments made in the U.S.A. Prince Charles is a devotee, while designer Michelle Smith, founder of the Milly fashion line, sold one to Jackie Onassis during her days as a shopgirl. It was a present for Henry Kissinger.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"