1. A gorgeous fur and feather hat, Schiaparelli, 1948.

    A gorgeous fur and feather hat, Schiaparelli, 1948.

  2. A brightly colored, embroidered evening jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.
I love the pintucks on the shoulders.

    A brightly colored, embroidered evening jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.

    I love the pintucks on the shoulders.

  3. A “shocking pink” dress and dinner jacket with sequined sleeves, Schiaparelli, 1938.

    A “shocking pink” dress and dinner jacket with sequined sleeves, Schiaparelli, 1938.

  4. A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

    A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

  5. This admittedly odd ocelot fur coat and hat was a part of Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.

    The ensemble was used, and somewhat parodied, in Inglorious Basterds, where a version of it was worn by Julie Dreyfus’ character Francesca Mondino.

  6. This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.
Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.
This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

    This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.

    Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.

    This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

  7. A Schiaparelli dinner dress from her Spring-Summer 1940 collection. I love the coral and aqua color combination.

    A Schiaparelli dinner dress from her Spring-Summer 1940 collection. I love the coral and aqua color combination.

  8. Shocking Pink wasn’t the only bright color Schiaparelli used. This blindingly orange sweater dates from between 1938 and 1940.

    Shocking Pink wasn’t the only bright color Schiaparelli used. This blindingly orange sweater dates from between 1938 and 1940.

  9. A boldly printed Schiaparelli evening dress, Summer 1939.

    A boldly printed Schiaparelli evening dress, Summer 1939.

  10. A striped velvet and satin evening cape made by Schiaparelli between 1935 and 1940.

    A striped velvet and satin evening cape made by Schiaparelli between 1935 and 1940.