In 1935, Surrealist artist Salvador Dali marked his first collaboration with fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by designing a powder compact in the shape of a telephone dial, transforming a piece of early technology into a cosmetic item for women to own and even personalize. Two years later, when Pablo Picasso painted the portrait of Nusch Eluard, the wife of poet Paul Eluard, she wore a hat and jewelry from Schiaparelli’s Winter 1937-38 haute couture collection for the sitting. You see art and fashion often go hand in hand!
To celebrate its art heritage, Maison Schiaparelli launched ‘Schiaparelli and Artists‘—a new online exhibition exclusively on its website to highlight Elsa’s vision of collaborative creation. You’ll find the story behind the designer’s partnerships with Andy Warhol, Picasso, Salvador Dali, and many more…
Essentially functioning as an archival museum, the e-gallery includes 57 pieces from 21 different artists in total. Each piece is paired with information explaining the key role that both Schiaparelli and the artist played in its conception or how it was significant to Schiaparelli’s process of design.
Highlights include Cecil Beaton’s historical photograph of the fashion collaboration between Schiaparelli and Dali, a suit with drawer pockets from her Winter 1936-37 haute couture collection; Andy Warhol’s 1953 illustration for an advertisement for Schiaparelli gloves intended for the American market; and rare jewelry pieces by Alberto Giacometti, representing mythological, feminine or animal characters, circa 1935.