Schiaparelli + Surreal Details

A little history on the Schiaparelli house before getting into some new stuff...

Italian born Elsa Schiaparelli moved to New York with her husband in 1916, where she worked in a New York boutique that specialized in French fashion. To make a long story short, Schiaparelli divorced her husband and moved to Paris in 1922 where she would eventually open her own store designing and selling her namesake collection.  

She was very connected in Paris with friends like Man Ray and Gaby Picabia, and Paul Poiret as her mentor - she had a great advantage when moving there.  I'm sure coming from a prominent Italian family helped a little too...

The house of Schiaparelli struggled in the grimness after World War II, and sadly Elsa closed the couture house in December 1954. 

 

 I knew of Schiaparelli best because her personal and artistic relationship with Salvador Dali, who she commissioned to design fabric for her avant garde designs such as this Lobster Dress.  

 How great is this Clutch?

Within the past few years, there's been a revival of her namesake collection.  This year, with Bertrand Guyon taking the reins as Creative Director, he seems to channel what Schiaparelli was most know for, her "trompe l'oeil" images.

  

 Below is the Schiaparelli original eye patch - and above the recreation.  Such a great detail on this dress!

 

 

One of my favorite pieces from the Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Collection.  Love Guyon's take on an iconic style.  The soft metallic jacquard and relaxed fit makes this motorcycle jacket look so fresh.

To see the whole Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Couture Collection, click here!

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