Schiaparelli Haute Couture Ostrich Clips, Circus Collection 1938

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Haute Couture Schiaparelli Ostrich Dress Clips by Jean Schlumberger, Summer 1938.

"Schiaparelli is above all the dressmaker of eccentricity. Has she not the air of a young demon who tempts women, who leads the mad carnival in a burst of laughter? Her establishment in the Place Vendome is a devil's laboratory. Women who go there fall into a trap, and come out masked, disguised, deformed or reformed, according to Schiaparelli's whim."

Jean Cocteau. 1937

Considered museum quality icons in the world of period Haute Couture collecting, these charming Surrealist inspired pink (Shocking) and black ostrich brooches adorned(no doubt)a tailored day look with figural buttons from Schiaparelli's famed "Circus" collection of Summer 1938.
These were designed in collaboration with Jean Schlumberger (of Tiffany fame) who was a young jewelry designer in Paris at the time. Schiaparelli collaborated with and promoted many artists such as Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti during her career. In fact, she credited the artists in print as collaborators which was very unusual for the period.
In the "Circus" themed collection these extraordinary art works held court amongst elaborate jackets and gowns covered with lavishly embroidered acrobats, elephants and trapeze artists by the House of Lesage.
Enamelled in shades of rose, black and white with handmade pate de verre drops in royal blue and "Shocking" Pink, these "novelties" were the perfect foil for the ever changing "tailleurs" which had became Schiaparelli's signature.

These brooches were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at "Shocking", the ultimate Schiaparelli retrospective (2004) as well as the the Musee de la Mode, Union Centrale des Arts Decoratif in Paris (2004).


Christian Berard's watercolor of Schiaparelli's "Circus" parade,Vogue 1938.


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