Ursula von Eschenfells has returned, populating the display window at Swarovski Wien with futuristic elegance for this year’s ball season. Her story reads like a modern fairy tale, since she is a denizen (and the brainchild) of the creative intellectual universe within the mind of renowned set designer Simon Costin.
Ursula von Eschenfells’s extraordinary time-odyssey has reached a point beyond her initial stop in June 2014 and has come to its second stage: in the future, for the year is now 3015. On her prior appearance at Swarovski Wien, she arrived resplendent in the exquisite jewelry that she had collected on her travels; this time, she displays a spacesuit that is perfectly suited for wearing to the ball. Clad in an offbeat gown of outlandish elegance, Ursula von Eschenfells once again surpasses every expectation. Appropriately for the Vienna Ball Season, she shows us how the fashion of the future will be worn for this time-honored tradition.
Concept and design by Simon Costin
“The Life and Times of Ursula von Eschenfells”
All knowledge about the mysterious individual—Ursula von Eschenfells—emanates from the contents found in a number of trunks that recently showed up at auction in Vienna. According to the clues found, Eschenfells was born in 1881 and grew up in Vienna during the imperial era. As one of the first women to ever study at the Imperial Academy of Sciences, she possessed an abundantly well-rounded education that spans everything from astrology, astronomy, and crystallography to biology, quantum physics, and occultism.
While on a research trip to validate one of her countless theories, she was led to the famous crystal caves of Naica, Mexico in 1914; however, once there, she would never return. Since that time, innumerable tales have been spun, enveloping Professor von Eschenfells in a fog of mystery. There are eye-witness accounts, from as recently as 2014, which suggest von Eschenfells has been spotted alive on countless occasions. It is said she has not aged a single day, more than 100 years after her disappearance …
In her research endeavors, she blazed previously unknown trails: The Professor specialized in the meaning and countless implications of the number 3. Furthermore, she developed a complex theory: a special kind of light—conducted through a specific crystalline formation, at a specific point in time, under a specific planetary constellation, in a specific point on