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The Autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli

by Elsa Schiaparelli
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/09/2018
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Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s and 1930s with a flair for the unusual.

The first to use shoulder pads, animal print and the inventor of shocking pink, Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti and Salvador Dali, to create extraordinary garments such as the Dali Lobster Dress. Schiaparelli had an affluent clientele, from Katherine Hepburn to Marlene Dietrich, who embraced her outrageous but elegant designs.

She designed aviator Amy Johnson's wardrobe for her solo flight to Cape Town in 1936, the culottes for tennis champion Lily d'Alvarez that outraged the lawn tennis establishment, and her clothes appeared in more than 30 films including "Every Day's a Holiday with Mae West" and "Moulin Rouge".

Schiaparelli's fascinating autobiography charts her rise from resident of a rat-infested apartment to designer to the stars.

"A dress from Schiaparelli ranks like a modern canvas" - "The New Yorker"

ISBN:
9781851779598
9781851779598
Category:
Gender studies: women
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-09-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
V & A Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x20mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890'1973) is best known for translating Surrealism into fashion art.

Known for her flair for the unusual, she was the first to use shoulder pads and animal prints, and is the inventor of shocking pink.

Her garments are part of the permanent costume and textiles collections at major museums.

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