Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.– Elsa Schiaparelli
The incomparable Elsa Schiaparelli was born on September 10, 1890 in Rome. She was educated in Rome, worked as a nanny in London, and then lived in New York and Paris. She opened her first shop in Paris in 1927.
How could I not love a woman who believes eating “gives a spectacular joy to life?” But today’s post is to celebrate her creativity and work. What I like about Ms. Schiaparelli’s designs are the whimsical touches and exaggerated shapes. She collaborated with Surrealist Salvador Dalí on the Shoe Hat.
I saw these slightly scary gloves in the Paris Haute Couture exhibit earlier this year.
Her use of texture and shape in this design is stunning. Amazing.
I really like the color combination she used for this gown. I could see wearing this to dinner at a swanky spot.
Schiaparelli’s signature color was a fuchsia she called “shocking pink.” It’s the one shade of pink I actually like.