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Is Schiaparelli a luxury brand?

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Is Schiaparelli a luxury brand?
Yes, Schiaparelli is a luxury brand. Originally, the fashion house founded by Elsa Schiaparelli in 1927 specialized in avant-garde custom designs but shifted to primarily producing ready-to-wear apparel in 2007.

Schiaparelli was among the first designers to use materials like rayon and Lurex as well as explore wrap dresses and transparent raincoats. Her private clientele included such self-confident trendsetters as American heiresses Daisy Fellowes and Millicent Rogers, the Duchess of Windsor and a bold-faced slate of Hollywood names from Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh and Lauren Bacall.

Couture triumphs were accompanied by the unparalleled renown and exceptional financial rewards of her licensing agreements with American department stores, from sportswear to evening dresses to (yes, even) housewares.

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Schiaparelli Goldtone Leaf Ruby Tone Jeweled Earrings
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Elsa Schiaparelli 1940s clip earrings. Each earring has three goldtone leaves and two ruby tone textured jewels.
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Vintage 1940s American Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Ruby, Base Metal

Schiaparelli Crystal and Aurora Wing Earclips
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in New York, NY
Schiaparelli's aurora borealis wing ear clips with faux green tourmalines set in antique gilt metal. Clip back fittings. 1950's USA. 1" x 1". Excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Artisan Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gilt Metal

Couture 1937-40 ElsaSchiaparelli MarcelVertes HarlequinDuck GlazedCeramic Brooch
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in Chicago, IL
Between the first ad campaign that legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) commissioned from internationally-admired Paris-based Hungarian-born multimedia artist Marcel Vertes (1895-1961) for her blockbuster perfume "Shocking" in 1937, and in 1940 when they left France after launching her perfume "Sleeping" shortly before the Nazi occupation during WWII, the illustrator-cum-ceramist distinctly handmade in Paris, while traditional materials for couture costume-jewelry were scarce, this whimsical red-glazed ceramic brooch depicting a duck holding a "wet" umbrella dripped with turquoise and a bit of black glaze. Significantly, the brooch-pin trombone clasp, the long-pronged gilt frame, and the text stamped on its back plate "Made In France" match a similarly sized glazed-ceramic brooch of a decoratively-chained bear that was published in the book Bijoux (page 146). The author Deanna Farenti Cera dated that likewise unbranded unsigned brooch to 1938 when it was commissioned for one of Schiaparelli's fashion shows themed "Circus". The invitation to that show, which was illustrated with circus characters and performing animals by Vertes' Parisian peer Christian Berard, included a domestic white duck--notably not holding nor wearing a fashion accessory. Unusually, the fashion designer had commissioned couture umbrellas from other artisans in the 1930s--a couple of which were acquired by TheMet. Another relevant Met acquisition of a Schiaparelli couture...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Artisan Brooches

Materials

Gold, Yellow Gold, Gilt Metal

Elsa Schiaparelli Turquoise Cocktail Ring
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in New York, NY
Elsa Schiaparelli Baroque Revival Cocktail Ring. Composed of leafy vine motif textured gilt plate base metal, faux Tibetan turquoise oval cabochon, with aurora iridized glass, in pin...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Baroque Revival Fashion Rings

Materials

Gold Plate, Base Metal, Gilt Metal

1938 ElsaSchiaparelli CouturePagan DeposeFrance FeatherCrystalGold Bird Brooch
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in Chicago, IL
Unusually decorated with small partridge feathers like the yellow-gold gilt necklace commissioned by Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) that is featured on the front-and-back covers and centerfold of the French costume-jewelry hardcover book, Lina Baretti Parures, by Patrick Mauries, this unique pave-crystal yellow-gold gilt metal partridge-on-a-branch brooch is further distinguished as an unsigned Parisian-couture piece for Italian-born Schiaparelli with its combination of embossed text "Made In France" and "Modele Depose", along with the trombone clasp often used in the early 20th Century for custom-made French small brooches. The book centerfold on pages 90-91 shows a closeup of the feathered necklace created by French-born Corsican Baretti, whose intricate decoration often mixed ready-made textural or shiny materials like velvet, cork, wire, rhodoid or raffia with custom-made metal, plastic or glass by specialized Parisian workshops such as Gripoix. The Baretti-book caption about the attributed necklace notes: "Collier realise pour Elsa Schiaparelli. Liege, soie, cannetille, perles de verre et plumes de perdix. Chaine en metal." While none of the captions date this necklace--which could have been from the same commission as our brooch--Baretti created one-of-a-kind jewelry for Schiaparelli from the 1930s to the early 1950s when the fashion designer retired. Our brooch was most likely made for a fashion-show debut of one of Schiaparelli's themed clothing collections in the late 1930s for which she commissioned many costume-jewelry paruriers including Baretti. See our photo of a Schiaparelli 1930s...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Brooches

Materials

Crystal, Gold, Yellow Gold, Gilt Metal

Elsa Schiaparelli Turquoise Cabochon Vine Brooch
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in New York, NY
Elsa Schiaparelli Baroque Revival Brooch composed of leafy vine motif textured gilt plate base metal with large faux Tibetan turquoise oval cabocheons, and iridized glass aurora pin...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Baroque Revival Brooches

Materials

Gold Plate, Base Metal, Gilt Metal

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