[Moschino creative director Jeremy] Scott had already decided that his spring Moschino collection would celebrate the virtues of haute couture, more relevant now than ever. “I was thinking about how that is such a human, emotional, tactile thing: time, dedication, and the connection to design history,” he noted. After quarantine set in, Scott began to suspect that a runway show would not be in the cards this month. Inspired by the couture-centric nature of his research, he looked to the Théâtre de la Mode, the troupe of miniature couture creations the designers of Paris sent on the road after World War II to save their businesses from financial ruin amid scarce supplies and clients left unable to travel. Then he called Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the creator of the Muppets.
It may have been miniature, but it was a huge undertaking, more expensive, in fact, than a fashion show. “In April I had to pull the trigger and say, I have to stay with this, even if everything goes back to normal and everyone else has [runway] shows again,” Scott recalled.