Asked by Dries Van Noten to hand-paint 1,000 invitations for his fall show, which was inspired by Marchesa Casati, British artist Gill Button had about four days to complete the task. “I did some speed tests before I agreed to do it,” she said. “I knew it would be just about possible if I kept it to two minutes each. On reflection, I think this added to the energy of the invitations.”

Using a brush and ink, she depicted the dark eyes of the heiress in myriad ways. “Maybe she would be peering in from the left, then the right, higher or lower. Sometimes there would just be one eye, and on others a whole face,” she says. “Inevitably, there will be some that are similar, but yes, each invitation is definitely unique.”

This story first appeared in the March 9, 2016 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.