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The scarab motif, its metallic colours and rigid body have inspired Bottega Veneta’s “Nature in Fashion” capsule collection of jewelry, accessories and ready to wear fashion.

In Ancient Egypt, the scarab motif was used widely in jewelry, tombs, grave goods and gifts. To the Pharaohs and their court, they symbolized good luck, creation and, because of their ray-like antenna and metallic bodies, the sun. Fast-forward to 2010 and the scarab is once again a symbol of mythology, this time at Bottega Veneta. For its Autumn Winter “Nature in Fashion” collection, the Italian luxury goods house has incorporated the scarab symbol into jewlery and evening bags. The metallic colors of a scarab beetle’s body are found on satin shoes and other accessories. And bright rigid bodies are applied to earthy silk dresses. At Bottega Veneta the scarab is a modern day amulet for contemporary Cleopatras.

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