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Schiaparelli

French

From her signature color Shocking Pink to her collaborations with Surrealist artists, the boldly original Elsa Schiaparelli transformed fashion with her haute couture house 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.

Find vintage Elsa Schiaparelli hats, evening dresses and other clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.

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Designer: Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli Iconic "Shocking Pink" Silk Hood Dress Gown
By House of Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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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21st Century and Contemporary Schiaparelli

1950S SCHIAPARELLI Gray Silk Blend Men’S Shirt With Patch Pockets
By Schiaparelli
Located in New York, NY
1950S SCHIAPARELLI Gray Silk Blend Men’S Shirt With Patch Pockets
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1950s Schiaparelli

New Limited Edition Schiaparelli Timeless Evening Gown
By Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Schiaparelli rare limited edition bias cut gown from the 2021 collection by Daniel Roseberry. Black silk long sleeve cowl neck with cape overlay. Single sleeve with zipper wrist. Sid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli "Man Ray" Cold Shoulder Handkerchief Hem Dress Wearable Art
By Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Schiaparelli’s Spring pret-a-porter 2019 collection presented a focus on artist Man Ray. Eye catching and dramatic Schiaparelli silk dress with shirtwaist style bodice extending into a flowing handkerchief hem skirt. Complimented with graceful bishop style sleeves with cold shoulder openings and anchored with cuffs of woven design fabric. Tiny crystal buttons used for sleeve closure if desired. The art work is clear, crisp and memorable. The back showcases an Afro American hand. Front shows the memorable man ray “eye...
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2010s Schiaparelli

1950’s Schiaparelli Black Sequin & Beaded Evening Hat
By Schiaparelli
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Schiaparelli black sequin and beaded evening hat/fascinator. Elegant accessory to wear or display with the unmistakable red script label. Two side c...
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Schiaparelli Hot Pink Silk Dress & Coat Set Ensemble
By Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A new Schiaparelli ensemble inspired by Schiaparelli's prediliction for the shade of hot pink. Silk tent dress with matching long sleeve coat. Dress...
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21st Century and Contemporary Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli Black and White Fur Coat
By Schiaparelli
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
- Black karakul sheep - White fur collar - Three front button closure - Mid length
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Late 20th Century French Schiaparelli

Evening coat lightly padded in night blue silk satin Schiaparelli 1950's
By Schiaparelli
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Evening coat lightly padded in night blue silk satin with red satin lining. One button in the middle front on the top. Pockets on both side. SIZE 44 (Fr) L
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1950s French Schiaparelli

Jacquard knitted cardigan in mohair and wool Schiaparelli Circa 1970's
By Schiaparelli
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Jacquard knitted cardigan in mohair and wool. Mother-of-pearls buttons. 50% mohair, 45% wool, 5% nylon SIZE L
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1970s Italian Schiaparelli

New! Schiaparelli Heart w/Arrow dress Jacket 2019 LOWERED PRICE****
By Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
****Price has been lowered to from $7500 to $5500 Beautiful Schiaparelli black wool blazer with signature large red heart pierced by embroidered gold arrows, with a small spray of clear stones. Four (4) small delicate buttons showcasing Signature "S" and 3 more of the famous "lock." All buttons are encased and trimmed in tiny stones on each wrist. Two (2) concealed covered front closure snaps. Lining of blue silk and red hearts pierced with arrows. Two (2) front pockets. Jacket is exquisitely designed and tailored as in a couture garment. See vintage image...
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21st Century and Contemporary Schiaparelli

NWT Schiaparelli Jeweled Flowers Silk Evening Dress
By Schiaparelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A lovely modern Schiaparelli silk colorblock evening dress adorned with tiny jeweled flowers on skirt and sides of bodice. "V" neckline softly pleated bodice extending into a lightly draped skirt. Back features double panel short train. Back zipper closure. Side thigh high slit. The rich colors of orange and turquoise taken from colors used in older vintage Schiaparelli dress...
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21st Century and Contemporary Schiaparelli

Robe and night-gown in pink nylon and tulle with gold Polka dots Schiaparelli
By Schiaparelli
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Robe and night-gown in pink nylon and tulle with gold Polka dots. The Robe is draped on the shoulders and close with gold metal buttons. The dress is draped o...
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1960s Unknown Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli Collectors Perfume Print Scarf
By Elsa Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli
Located in New York, NY
Schiaparelli collector's perfume print scarf. Of silk crepe printed in various shades of blues with a pictoral catalogue of Schiaparelli perfume a...
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2010s Italian Schiaparelli

New Schiaparelli Nude Thigh High Hosiery Stockings, Original Box – Petite, 1960s
By Schiaparelli
Located in Tucson, AZ
In those faraway days before full hosiery the sirens wore thigh high stockings, which necessitated another sexy little number—the garter—to hold them up. We personally think it was ...
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1960s French Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli Nude Neutrals Tri-Color Velvet and Silk Jersey Cloche Hat–S-M, 1965
By Schiaparelli
Located in Tucson, AZ
This dramatic cloche combines a modern, neutral colorway with artisanal details like carved buttons and silk jersey pleating to create a hat pairable with anything from a cocktail dress to trousers. Silk jersey cloche with graduated brim slightly longer in front than in rear. Tricolor bands feature cocoa brim, pleated nude center and black velvet crown...
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1960s French Schiaparelli

1960s Schiaparelli Paris Mod Zebra Striped Fedora w/ Eyelet and Lacing Details.
By Schiaparelli
Located in Gresham, OR
A striking 1960s Mod Schiaparelli Paris zebra striped fur felt narrow-brimmed fedora with gold-tone eyelet and cord lacing details. Size Small.
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1960s French Schiaparelli

1950 Schiaparelli Black Horsehair Braided Dome Hat W/Bows
By Elsa Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli
Located in Gresham, OR
1950 Schiaparelli hat is completely constructed of layers of black horsehair swirls of ribbon creating a dome-like design. This unusual domed hat is ...
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1950s American Schiaparelli

Archival 1950's Elsa Schiaparelli Documented Sequin Blowfish Bamboo Cane Purse
By Elsa Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A highly coveted and incredibly unique Elsa Schiaparelli sequin blowfish cane purse dating back to the early 1950's. Fashioned from rich red vinyl bubble covered in black knit with s...
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1950s French Schiaparelli

1960s Schiaparelli Black Wool Felt Cloche Hat w Huge Silk Bow At Front
By Schiaparelli, Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in Gresham, OR
1960s Schiaparelli Black Wool Felt Cloche Hat w Huge Silk Bow At Front. A striking homage to the classic 1920s style this plush and furry cloche is as stunning today as ever with it...
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1960s French Schiaparelli

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Early 2000s Italian Schiaparelli

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Schiaparelli 1950s Vintage Ivory & Pink Peignoir Robe & Nightgown w Eyelet Lace
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Schiaparelli Black pleated ensemble, circa 1970
By Schiaparelli, Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in London, GB
This beautiful 1930s style Schiaparelli ensemble is constructed from black silk chiffon. The top has a ballerina neckline and spaghetti straps and is encased in and framed by small h...
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Schiaparelli fashion for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Schiaparelli fashion available on 1stDibs. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Elsa Schiaparelli, Maison Michel, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Schiaparelli fashion from top boutiques around the world. Schiaparelli fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $9,200, while the average work can sell for $947.
Questions About Schiaparelli
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    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.

    Find vintage Elsa Schiaparelli hats, evening dresses and other clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Elsa Schiaparelli is an Italian-born fashion designer who was famous for her surrealist designs, which included outlandish accessories such as a purse shaped like a telephone. You can shop a selection of Elsa Schiapatelli pieces from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Schiaparelli is known for making both prêt-à-porter and haute couture. Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer who shook up the world of fashion between WWI and WWII. Her work had a surrealist element that drew celebrities and the wealthy to her fashion house. The brand is still very highly regarded today. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Schiaparelli haute couture and prêt-à-porter from top sellers around the world.

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