“Dare to be different” – Elsa Schiaparelli

The Lobster Dress: A collaboration with Salvador Dali.
The Lobster Dress: A collaboration with Salvador Dali.

Elsa Schiaparelli, known as the Queen of Fashion and the designer that gave a name to a color “Shocking Pink”(before a PANTONE Color of The Year), was the supreme innovator of dress design in the first half of the 20th century.

She went beyond the typical fabrics of the time – silk, linen, and wool. She was the first to use rayon, Lurex, see-through raincoats, and trompe l’oeil images. She certainly followed her own advice “dare to be different.”

See-through raincoat - early 1930's
See-through raincoat – early 1930’s

There was a period in her design career when she collaborated with such artists as Dali,Jean Cocteau,Alberto Giacometti, and others. Her designs went beyond “the dress”. They were concepts.

Schiaparelli’s creativity may be inspiration as you start your Bottle Project.

Here is a link to a radio interview with Meryle Secrest’s. The author of Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography.

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/11/354636723/schiaparelli-the-shocking-shadowed-life-of-a-fashion-icon

A lambskin belt and suede gloves with gold metal talons - around 1936
A lambskin belt and suede gloves with gold metal talons – around 1936
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