Find out more about Elsa Schiaparelli, the inspirational designer

Why did you miss the work of Elsa Schiaparelli? However, it is said that he has revised the standards of beauty or created a couture-spectacle. Inspired by surrealism, he surrounded himself with colleagues such as Dali, Cocteau and Elsa Triolet. The historian Elisabeth de Feydeau tells us about the creation of this type of color.

A stylist in pursuit of beauty

The exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts shows the new style of Elsa Schiaparelli: her works, this time, by couturiers inspired by her work.

When he closed his house in 1954, he only dreamed of peace, wanting to make his family happy. He doesn’t want to continue his work through anyone else. Sending is not a way to communicate with him. On the other hand, he studied, even Hubert de Givenchy before he opened his own house.

Photo of the exhibition “Shocking! The surreal worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli”

– MAD Paris Photography / Christophe Dellière

From the little facts, the political events in which the character was created, not by shortening or lengthening the barriers.Elsa Schiaparelli

Never recovered from a narcissistic childhood trauma, he seeks this beauty through other women. So he wants to show his time, while he wants to make women beautiful.

A beautiful beauty, while remaining chic

He describes himself as being rude, sweet and very sarcastic, mostly because he has a sense of humor.“Elisabeth de Feydeau

The amazing taste of Elsa Schiaparelli will help other women who do not know how to dress to choose their clothes. She lives in a society called “café society” where you have to be beautiful.


He designed the chic-cost chic, and it has a style that everyone likes to like it.“Elisabeth de Feydeau

Coming from a creative perspective, his inspirations are particularly eclectic: the Italian Renaissance and the commedia dell’arte together, as he surrounded himself with artists, including the Surrealists. From his first collection, “Stop looking and listen” it offers motivational themes.

Everything was wonderful with him in Paris. The harder the times, the more extravagances are needed“Elisabeth de Feydeau

Half silver, half scent

Inspired by the Mayan culture, he and other artists develop a special color: a red with blue called “shaking. ” Again, Elsa Schiaparelli creates a kind of Baudelairean message between her perfumes and colors. Surprise in the form of a bust inspired by Jean-Paul Gaultier’s classic bottle.

Dark green is the color of optimism, a deep red that is relevant to his time and ours.“Elisabeth de Feydeau

From a young age, Elsa Schiaparelli wanted to draw strongly from it. By strengthening the shoulders and waist, he sculpted a body plan that was bigger than he was. His photography marks generations of couturiers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Mugler or Yves Saint-Laurent – who dressed him at the end of his life.

Collection photography, Winter 1938-1939 by Elsa Schiaparelli
Collection photography, Winter 1938-1939 by Elsa Schiaparelli

– Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris

– Have got: The exhibition “Shocking! The surreal worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli” can be visited until January 22, 2023 at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.
– Read: Elsa Schiaparelli, The Great Oneby Elisabeth de Feydeau available from Editions burn fire from 09/14/2022.

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