Referred to as “The Italian” by arch rival Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli punctuated the 1930’s with her sometimes irreverent and many times shocking and Surrealist vision of glamour. Known for her bespoke shade of pink, outrageous millinery, and sculptural gowns and suits, Schiaparelli’s iconic designs however never reconciled with the post-war trends forged by Dior and Chanel. In 1954 her Parisian Couture House closed and Elsa went into retirement. However, the story doesn’t end there. In 2013 it was announced that the House of Schiaparelli was to be reborn under the creative direction of mutton-chopped designer Mario Zanini. In 2006 footwear impresario Diego Della Valle bought the House of Schiaparelli with the intention of reviving the brand whilst forging a new era for her zany and irreverent style. Featured here are a few highlights from the Schiaparelli Spring 2014 Haute Couture showing in Paris. Zanini refrained from exploiting the zany and more surrealist heritage of the brand and rather produced a lush and modern collection which reflected the cultural and historical references as well as sophisticated elements of surprise. Read Hamish Bowles full collection review for Vogue here

 

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