A brightly colored, embroidered evening jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.
I love the pintucks on the shoulders.
A bib necklace of multi-colored silk rosebuds, Schiaparelli, 1938.
A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.
Another early Schiaparelli trompe-l’oeil sweater, this one from the summer of 1928.
I love this one! It’s the epitome of sporty, jazz age fashion.
This cute hand-knitted sweater with a trompe-l’oeil bow was the piece that launched Elsa Schiaparelli’s fashion career.
She made the sweater for herself in 1927 and soon afterward wore it to a society luncheon where it caused quite the sensation. She soon received numerous requests from other attendees to make copies of the sweater available for purchase. Her business soon grew enough for her to open a salon. The rest is fashion history.
If you’ve enjoyed the Schiaparelli spam, and are lucky enough to be in the NYC area between May 10 and August 19 of this year, consider heading over to the Met for their exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, which will include many of the pieces I’ve posted here.
I’m going to finish of the last of the spam today and attempt to make a dent in the 42 new messages in my askbox, before we return to our regularly scheduled posting.
Gloves covering up your fashionably painted nails? Well here’s Elsa Schiaparelli’s solution from her Winter 1936-1937 collection!
Interestingly enough, Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the The Hunger Games, was jokingly presented with a similar pair of gloves on Ellen after mentioning what a pain her fake nails were while filming. I wonder if the people on the show realized the Schiaparelli connection?
Insects were a reoccurring theme in Schiaparelli’s work, and featured especially in her Fall-Winter 1938 “Pagan Collection”.
This unusual necklace is from this collection. It plays with the rather icky idea of bugs crawling on your skin and makes it fashionable.