Fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 - 1973)

The Italian designer challenged Parisian 30s' fashion with her non-conformist creations. An eccentric yet not a marginal, her garments seduced socialites, artists and film stars with strong personalities who could assume to wear a shoe on their head, a skeleton dress or to be adorned with shocking pink. Schiaparelli had bold tastes and friends such as Salvador Dali. One of her most famous customers was Wallis Simpson who married Edward VIII, King of England, who abdicated for the sake of this divorcee, "the woman I love", as he said. Schiaparelli designed many gowns for her, in which Cecil Beaton photographed her. Among them, the Lobster dress that can epitomize the eccentric chic style that inspired other designers, Muccia Prada included.

Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1938
Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, Music gloves, fall 1939  The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Music gloves, fall 1939 The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Music gloves, fall 1939  The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Music gloves, fall 1939 The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening cape,
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening cape, "Le char d'Apollon du bassin de Versailles, embroidery by Maison Lesage, design conceived by Christian Berard, 1938 ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa
Picture by Cecil Beaton, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936
Picture by Cecil Beaton, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936
Elsa Schiaparelli by Piaz, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli by Piaz, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli by Man Ray, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli by Man Ray, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, with a Bedouin dressmaker in Tunisia,1936 by Horst P.Horst
Elsa Schiaparelli, with a Bedouin dressmaker in Tunisia,1936 by Horst P.Horst
Elsa Schiaparelli evening dress, George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930
Elsa Schiaparelli evening dress, George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930
Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1930's
Marlène Dietrich in Elsa Schiaparelli evening dress, 1930's
Marlène Dietrich in Elsa Schiaparelli evening dress, 1930's
Marlène Dietrich in Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Marlène Dietrich in Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Regina Relang, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1951
Regina Relang, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Evening gown 1937
George Platt Lynes, Evening gown 1937
Salvador Dali,
Salvador Dali," Téléphone-Homard", 1936
Madame D'Ora, Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Madame D'Ora, Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Portrait of Daisy Fellows in Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble, 1933
Portrait of Daisy Fellows in Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble, 1933
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Man Ray, 1934
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Man Ray, 1934
Mme. E.D.Exner wearing a suede gilet blouse and coat trimmed with leopard skin by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Mme. E.D.Exner wearing a suede gilet blouse and coat trimmed with leopard skin by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Elsa Schiaparelli wearing a chinese quilted cape of her own design at the Foyer of the Theatre des Champs Elysee, 1933
Cecil Beaton, Elsa Schiaparelli wearing a chinese quilted cape of her own design at the Foyer of the Theatre des Champs Elysee, 1933
Elsa Schiaparelli, Detail of  Dinner Jacket, spring 1947
Elsa Schiaparelli, Detail of Dinner Jacket, spring 1947
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening ensemble, 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening ensemble, 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening ensemble, 1937, The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening ensemble, 1937, The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Time cover, 1934
Time cover, 1934
Elsa Schiaparelli dress summer, photographed by André Durst, 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli dress summer, photographed by André Durst, 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Elsa Schiaparelli, 1931
Dress of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Dress of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938, V&A collection, London
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938, V&A collection, London
Elsa Schiaparelli with Eileen Agar, Hat with Gloves, 1936
Elsa Schiaparelli with Eileen Agar, Hat with Gloves, 1936
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938
Joan Crawford wearing a Schiaparelli dress with a matelasse crepe jacket, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1932
Joan Crawford wearing a Schiaparelli dress with a matelasse crepe jacket, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1932
 Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938, detail of the acrobats buttons
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1938, detail of the acrobats buttons
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Ensemble, 1930's
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli, spring 1939, Collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, spring 1939, Collection "Commedia Dell'Arte", buttons and costume jewelry by Jean Schlumberger, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue US, December 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Desk Jacket, 1936
Elsa Schiaparelli, Desk Jacket, 1936
Christian Berard, Elsa Schiaparelli illustration, 1939
Christian Berard, Elsa Schiaparelli illustration, 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli gloves, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli gloves, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, dress and silver gloves, 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli, dress and silver gloves, 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening dresses, Summer 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening dresses, Summer 1939
Jule Andre wearing turban and scarf made of tweed braid, designed by Agnes; and collarless beige tweed coat designed by Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen,1929
Jule Andre wearing turban and scarf made of tweed braid, designed by Agnes; and collarless beige tweed coat designed by Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen,1929
 Cover of the Elsa Schiaparelli's memory, published in 1955
Cover of the Elsa Schiaparelli's memory, published in 1955
 Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail, 1935
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail, 1935
 Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Man Ray, circa 1940
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Man Ray, circa 1940
Haramboure, Elsa Schiaparelli illustration, 1941
Haramboure, Elsa Schiaparelli illustration, 1941
Portrait of Diana Vreeland wearing a Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble, photographed by Louise Dahl Wolfe,1937
Portrait of Diana Vreeland wearing a Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble, photographed by Louise Dahl Wolfe,1937
Christian Berard, Illustration for Elsa Schiaparelli for
Christian Berard, Illustration for Elsa Schiaparelli for "Circus Parade" collection 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Suit, Fall-Winter 1938-39
Elsa Schiaparelli, Suit, Fall-Winter 1938-39
Dora Maar, Elsa Schiaparelli evening Dress, 1934
Dora Maar, Elsa Schiaparelli evening Dress, 1934
Elsa Schiaparelli, dress, 1934
Elsa Schiaparelli, dress, 1934
Mae West in 'Everyday's a Holiday', Elsa Schiaparelli designed her outfit. 1938
Mae West in 'Everyday's a Holiday', Elsa Schiaparelli designed her outfit. 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket, fall 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket, fall 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail, fall 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail, fall 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening jacket detail
Comtesse de Zoppola in Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1931
Comtesse de Zoppola in Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1931
Evening dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen,1932
Evening dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen,1932
Willy Maywald, suit Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936
Willy Maywald, suit Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936
Elsa Schiaparelli, Coat, spring 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Coat, spring 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Duchess of Windsor wearing Elsa Schiaparelli jacket, photographed by Cecil Beaton, june 1937
Duchess of Windsor wearing Elsa Schiaparelli jacket, photographed by Cecil Beaton, june 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli, Cape Evening, summer 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Cape Evening, summer 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacket Evening, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacket Evening, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacket, summer 1937. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacket, summer 1937. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli,  Evening Dresses, 1951. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Dresses, 1951. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Bernard Blossac, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Bernard Blossac, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930's
Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali, Compact, 1935. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali, Compact, 1935. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress Dinner, summer 1940. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress Dinner, summer 1940. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Button, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Button, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Button, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Button, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Sweater, 1935. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Sweater, 1935. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Dress, 1948. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Dress, 1948. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Jacket, 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Jacket, 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Blouse, 1940-45. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Blouse, 1940-45. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Necklace, designer Jean Clément, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Necklace, designer Jean Clément, fall 1938. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Jacket, 1937
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Jacket, 1937 "Zodiac Collection", embroidery by Maison Lesage. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Dress, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Dress, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress, Evening, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress, Evening, fall 1939. The Metropolitain of Art Collection, New York
Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1938, V & A Museum Collection, London
Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1938, V & A Museum Collection, London
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