elsa schiaparelli

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Detail - evening dress ca. 1939 via the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art    “A theme that Schiaparelli continually revisited throughout her career was the cosmic realm. In this evening dress from fall 1939, the belt, featuring glyphs of Jupiter and Mars, is the more obvious reference, but the embroidery, all applied by hand, could symbolize shimmering stardust or astrological symbology. In planetary mythology, Mars, the god of war, is the rebellious son of Jupiter and…

Evening dress Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, Date: fall 1939 Culture: French Medium: silk, glass, rhinestones, metal.

Unusual dress by Elsa Schiaperelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali, 1937

This 1937 Lobster Dress by Elsa Schiaparelli featured a large lobster painted by Dalí onto the skirt. His design for Schiaparelli. It was famously worn by Wallis Simpson.

Dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1946. Courtesy Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, all rights reserved.

Dress in printed silk with motifs of white fountain pens and blue ink spots on black background - 1946 Elsa Schiaparelli

Ensemble, Evening  Elsa Schiaparelli  (Italian, 1890–1973)  Department Store: for Bonwit Teller & Co. (American, founded 1907) Date: 1937–39

Ensemble, Evening Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, Department Store: for Bonwit Teller Co. (American, founded Date:

Elsa Schiaparelli Couture F/W 1938-1939 with designs after Marcel Vertes vintage fashion style novelty print late 30s early 40s evening gown bias cut column white brown grey horses painting illustration graphic designer couture vintage fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli Couture F/W with designs after Marcel Vertes vintage fashion style novelty print late early evening gown bias cut column white brown grey horses painting illustration graphic designer couture vintage fashion

Schiaparelli often used embroidery to embellish her simple silhouettes. This evening blouse from the summer 1940 collection, one of the last before Schiaparelli was forced to leave Paris because of World War II, is an exquisite example of that tendency.

Evening blouse Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, Date: summer 1940 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB: 26 in.

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