Shocking: The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli (ENG version)

Shocking: The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli (ENG version)
Shocking: The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli (ENG version)
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Book in English
Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, chief curator at the Museum of Decorative Arts, fashion and textiles department.
Texts by Dilys Blum, Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, Emanuelle de l'Écotais, Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Patrick Mauriès, Marie-Pierre Ribère, Hanya Yanaghirara.
Photographs by Valérie Belin. Visual artist, she makes the photographic medium both the subject of her work and her means of reflection. Light, matter and the body of things are at the heart of his creation. His photographs are held in many public collections.

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**Ouvrage en Anglais **
The couturiere Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was a key figure in Paris fashion between the two World Wars. Following in the footsteps of her mentor Paul Poiret, she designed her first knitwear collection in January 1927. Decorated with trompe-l'oeil motifs in black and white, her sweaters were an immediate success in both France and the US. In 1935, the Maison Schiaparelli opened in the Place Vendôme in Paris, selling collections designed for sports, city, and evening wear.

Like her arch-rival Gabrielle Chanel, Schiaparelli also worked closely with artists, including Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dalí, with whom she created a dress. Taking a cue from Surrealism, her creations were hugely imaginative and made use of innovative new materials. The "Schiap" style continued to develop through the 1930s. Her most famous collections had themes including the circus (summer 1938) and astrology (winter 1938-39). In 1937, Schiaparelli launched the fragrance Shocking, named after shocking pink, which had become her signature color.

Alongside vintage photographs, sketches, and contemporary features from Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, this volume presents specially photographed masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. All 120 garments and accessories from the Schiaparelli archive are illustrated, along with a selection of her drawings dating from 1933 to 1953.