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House of Schiaparelli

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From her signature color Shocking Pink to her collaborations with Surrealist artists, the boldly original Elsa Schiaparelli transformed fashion with her haute couture house Maison Schiaparelli from the late 1920s to the early ’50s. Experimenting with elements like trompe l’oeil images and colorful visible zippers, the Italian designer instilled a provocative avant-garde artistry in her clothing and accessories, including those created with Salvador Dalí, such as the lobster dress and a hat shaped like a shoe.

Born in Rome, Schiaparelli was a rebellious child who grew up among the city’s intellectual elite. She had a voracious appetite for reading and became interested in ancient cultures, astronomy and world religions. Schiaparelli studied philosophy at the University of Rome, and after publishing a collection of poems on love and sensuality that so mortified her conservative parents that they tried, unsuccessfully, to confine her to a Swiss convent, she left for London.

A quick marriage to Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor brought her to New York, but it would be in Paris following her divorce that Schiaparelli embraced her artistic passions. She moved to the French capital city in 1922 with her young daughter and happened to meet master couturier Paul Poiret, who loaned the stylish Schiaparelli his clothes, sparking her own fashion interests.

Schiaparelli opened her modest atelier in Paris and debuted her first collection of knitwear in 1927, and later that year, she designed a black-and-white pullover hand-knit wool sweater featuring a trompe l’oeil bowknot that captured the attention of the fashion world. Vogue called it “an artistic masterpiece.” The success led to her moving her house to 21 Place Vendôme in 1935 where thousands of garments were produced each year.

Schiaparelli’s knitwear collections were later accompanied by revolutionary swimsuits and other clothing and accessories. Her inventive designs would include culottes — a radical statement in the 1930s when women still could cause a scandal by wearing pants — as well as printed fabric, such as the 1938 Tears dress with a print designed by Dalí making it appear as if the evening gown had been savagely ripped.

Schiaparelli was among the first designers to use materials like rayon and Lurex as well as explore wrap dresses and transparent raincoats. She also introduced unisex fragrances and brought her artistic partnerships into jewelry, such as bronze brooches made with Alberto Giacometti and fur-lined bracelets with Méret Oppenheim. As she wrote in her 1954 autobiography Shocking Life, women should “dare to be different.”

Despite her acclaim, her shop closed in 1954 after a tumultuous time during World War II. By then, fashion had moved on with Christian Dior's New Look, and the closure of Schiaparelli's business coincided with a comeback mounted by Coco Chanel, her archrival in the early days.

In 2006, Italian businessman Diego Della Valle acquired the brand and its archives, and the Maison Schiaparelli was reopened in 2012, back at 21 Place Vendôme where Schiaparelli's fearless and enduring work began.

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Designer: House of Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli Iconic "Shocking Pink" Silk Hood Dress Gown
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Elsa Schiaparelli's iconic "Shocking Pink" evening dress. Fully fashioned in silk charmeuse with attached hood and cross-over waist closure. Slender sleeves with zipper wrists. Full dramatic train enhances the look. Fantastic fashion flair in this deco inspired 2021 gown...
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A Schiaparelli Printed Silk Blouse Dress Circa 2006-2012
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Schiaparelli Sample Fabric "Rose de Printemps"
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Schiaparelli sample fabric embroidery for Waverly Decorative Fabrics. "The Rose De Printemps" design of Schiffli embroidered rose sprays. Also attached are four small different color way samples. New with signature Schiaparelli Shocking...
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1980 Schiaparelli Black & Gold Woodgrain Velvet Side Tie Opera Coat or Dress
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Schiaparelli Modern Silk Chiffon Blouse May Ray Trust Collection c 2018
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1960 Schiaparelli Purple Wool Bucket Hat w/ Yarn Embroidery and Tassel
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Rare Schiaparelli Black Quilted Faille Evening Cape, 1951
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    A Schiaparelli gown is an elaborate evening or formal dress from the luxury fashion house Schiaparelli. Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer well known for her lovely and revolutionary approach to formalwear. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Schiaparelli haute couture from top sellers around the world.
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    Elsa Schiaparelli is known for transforming fashion from the late 1920s to the early ’50s with her work as a designer. Experimenting with elements like trompe l’oeil images and colorful visible zippers, the Italian designer instilled a provocative avant-garde artistry in her clothing and accessories, including those created with Salvador Dalí, such as the lobster dress and a hat shaped like a shoe. She was especially famous for producing pieces in her signature color, Shocking Pink. Find a selection of Elsa Schiaparelli apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
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    Italian Elsa Schiaparelli moved to Paris, France and opened a fashion house that would become known the world over for her bold designs. Her haute couture often borrowed from Surrealism, she used overt sexuality and didn’t shy away from bold colors that most designers were not using at the time. Find vintage and contemporary Schiaparelli bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    Elsa Schiaparelli dressed many notable people over the course of her career. In 1931, she created a divided skirt for tennis player Lili de Alvarez to wear for the Wimbledon tournament. She also produced the costumes worn by Zsa Zsa Gabor in the 1952 film Moulin Rouge and by Mae West in the 1937 film Every Day's a Holiday. On 1stDibs, find a range of Elsa Schiaparelli apparel and accessories.
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    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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    The most famous Schiaparelli dresses are generally the ones she designed with the help of Salvador Dalí. One is the 1938 Tears Dress, featuring a print created by Dalí that makes it appear as if the evening gown had been savagely ripped. Another is the 1937 Lobster Dress, a sweeping gown adorned with a lobster painted by Dalí. Find a diverse assortment of Elsa Schiaparelli apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
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