It is said that the design of the matryoshka symbolizes the depth of the human soul and the concepts of maternity, love, and family (a likely explanation behind this matryoshka doll-inspired wedding dress designed by Yves St Laurent in 1965.) But the origins of the recent proliferation of matryoshka-inpired fashion is slightly more difficult to identify (e.g. the leaflets stuffed inside matryoshka dolls at Kenzo's Fall 2009 show, or the matryoshka doll accessories that infiltrated Chanel's pre-fall 2009 collection.)
Perhaps the matryoshka represents an all-embracing image of a Russia lost to a century of revolution. Maybe it's resurgence stems from a modern romanticism of the tragic end to the Russian aristocracy. Or maybe it's even a secret yearning to recapture the magic of youth, folklore, and a simpler time in history. Personally, I think designers have just run out of metaphorical inspiration, trading in the obscure for the blatantly obvious. But there is one thing I know for sure -- I absolutely adore the matryoshka!
From 'Matryoshka' Collection by Maria Morris, Spring 2009