The musée des Arts décoratifs (MAD) is unraveling the threads that bind the Italian-born designer to the artists of her time with a new show exploring the sources of her iconoclastic inspiration.
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), Phoebus cape, winter 1937-1938, wool, silk and embroidery (detail), Musée des Arts décoratifs.
© Les Arts Décoratifs/Valérie Belin
When great minds meet... Elsa Schiaparelli undoubtedly ranks first among the few couturiers who built bridges between fashion and avant-garde artists. Her inspiration came from Surrealism , which appealed to her whimsical personality and where she drew the soulfulness that is apparent even in the smallest of her creations. The result was a permanent (and mischievous) scandal summed up by the exhibition’s title, “Shocking!”, borrowed from her legendary perfume. Born in the upper crust of Roman society,…
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