Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Out There Early Couturier --- Day 4/61

Walk: Mindful Body, Nopa Restaurant
Distance: 1 mile and teach yoga class

Elsa Schiaparelli, Nature-based Fantasy Dresses (1930's)

Ciwt enjoyed learning more about Italian-born Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973).  While Schiaparelli was unrestrained and often whimsical in her originality, she didn't let that override fashioning her garments to flatter the female form.

Buttons on this Opera Suit are small grand pianos.

Dinner Ensemble is inspired by Spanish traditional dress.

Ciwt would love to have this Evening Jacket.  Schiaparelli developed a lifelong interest in the heavens from her uncle, who was a prominent astronomer.  She used celestial iconography in several collections between 1935 and 1940.  This jacket was a collaboration with master embroiderers Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage.  With its beadwork stardust, silver and gold planets, rhinestone crescent moons, and other fancy stars and zodiac signs, it is considered Schiaparelli's ultimate personal and artistic statement on the planetary theme that was so important to her.

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