“In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.” – Elsa Schiaparelli
Funky fashion is nothing new. Celebrities like Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj weren’t the first icons to wear ensembles that resemble costumes or pieces of walking art. But how about hats in the shape of stiletto heels, or evening gowns with lobster prints, and classic dresses in the shade of “shocking pink”?
Stylists today are still inspired by the surreal creativity of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. A rival of Coco Chanel, Schiaparelli introduced wild designs and vivid colors into the subtle, chic, and somewhat boring style of the 1920-40′s. She collaborated with Salvador Dali to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that looked like a drawing on a canvas.
Even though Schiaparelli’s couture fashion house in Paris closed in 1954, her influence still remains in more designs than we realize. We can thank her for square shoulders, graphic print sweaters, sportswear, and the wrap dress.
The fashion-obsessed now have an opportunity to see samples of her work in real life. From May 10 through August 19, a line of Schiaparelli’s costumes gets put on display next to the famous work of Miuccia Prada at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The New York Times calls it “a fascinating, unexpected, potentially explosive — but absolutely imaginary — encounter.”
I’m looking forward to visiting the exhibit and can’t wait to see the responses made by the media. I recommend that all stylists who are looking for a treat and some inspiration to go check it out.
And if her recent comeback isn’t enough, her vintage jewelry collection is up for grabs at 1stdibs.com. You can find stunning, timeless pieces such as her Watermelon Aurora Fob Bracelet.
Or her Rose Garden Glasses.
Schiaparelli’s style is one that can’t be copied. But her distinct designs prove to keep making fashion history’s hall of fame for years to come.