The Wild Swans

2022 Spring / Summer Couture Collection

In homage to the act of selfless love, the courage of the voiceless and the beauty found within everyday moments, Paolo Sebastian presents its 2022 Spring/Summer collection, The Wild Swans.

Princess Elisa sweeps through the moonlit graveyard, searching for the nettle to set her brothers free. They are each cursed, eleven princes bound by dark magic into the bodies of white swans and banished by a cruel, wicked Queen. For her beloved brothers, Elisa discovers how to break their curse: weave eleven coats of nettle and take a vow of silence until it is done.

From the first light of dawn seeping into the sky to the dim evening shadows dancing at twilight, Elisa dares not whisper a word as she weaves and weaves and weaves. The nettle stings, burning and blistering her aching hands, but she never stops. Not as the Queen conspires against her and she is placed on trial for witchcraft. Not even as she is locked in a cold, dark cell awaiting the final flames of execution. Against all odds, Elisa continues to weave in silent determination for the love of her brothers. Just then, the swift sound of eleven swans soaring toward their sister. Her brothers descend upon her, rescuing Elisa as she casts the finished coats upon them in return. The curse is lifted and they are freed.