It was in 1938 when Elsa Schiaparelli, also inspired by her uncle Giovanni Schiaparelli – astronomer and director of the Observatory of Brera – built the collection Astrology. From the collection stood out a dark blue jacket, covered with embroidery made by Maison Lesage. Masterpieces depicting galaxy of shooting stars, planets and zodiac signs. And today the cult piece, called the Zodiac jacket, was auctioned by Kerry Taylor Auctions for £ 110,000.
For all lovers of the eccentric fashion and style of Schiaparelli 23 January is a date to mark on your calendar. But not because it is scheduled the first parade of the much waited collection signed by Marco Zanini, recently named Creative Director of the historical maison. On this date it will go to auction in the golden salons of Christie’s clothes, photographs, mementos and personal objects of Elsa Schiaparelli inherited by her nephew, the beautiful model and actress Marisa Berenson. The […]
A scarlet red and navy blue lace dress by Erdem, from autumn/winter 2009, is one of the stars of the exhibition. This white cotton lace dress with moulded leather collar is Alexander McQueen, from the late designer’s 1999 spring/summer collection. This Bug jacket and dress by Schiaparelli dates back to 1938. This arresting tartan Satin Dress was worn by a fashion-conscious woman in the 1860s. A jazzy gold lattice work and lace dress by Paul Poiret, 1925. This high-necked cream […]
Vintage Couture auction at Christie’s goes to show just how valuable so-called second hand fashion can actually be. Haute couture pieces from bygone eras are becoming rarer and rarer, and collectors are increasingly starting to treat exceptional garments like works of visual art. Christie’s wasn’t prepared for the results. The vintage clothing auction, which included pieces from fashion goddess Elsa Schiaparelli and Jeanne Lanvin brought in more than 700,000 euro. A special black jacket from Schiaparelli made in 1939 sold […]
The buttons of Chanel, Versace, Elsa Schiaparelli and of the greatest couturiers on show at the Musei Mazzucchelli. Pavese tells us their story If in everyday life some details can be considered negligible, in the world of fashion detail is everything. “The detail is as important as the essential is. When it is inadequate, it destroys the whole outfit”said Christian Dior. This is why the famous couturiers paid great attention to the buttons. “It was back in 1967. My father went to Paris to present a […]
From Alexander Wang’s hotly anticipated debut at Balenciaga to simply stepping out of stilettos into sturdier heels, there’s much to be excited about in the coming year. Alexander Wang’s First Collection for Balenciaga Having proven himself as one of America’s strongest young designers, Wang takes off for Paris. We can’t wait to see his vision for the storied French house. Photo: Monica Feudi /Feudiguaineri.com First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Dress Four years ago, the First Lady catapulted Jason Wu into the national spotlight when she wore […]
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By Katharine K. Zarrella Ever since Diego Della Valle announced his plans to relaunch Schiaparelli earlier this year, the rumor mill has been spinning with supposed candidates for the house’s creative director. But who could possibly follow in the footsteps of Elsa Schiaparelli, the designer who, as illustrated in the Met’s recent “Prada and Schiaparelli: Impossible Conversations” exhibition, was one of the most compelling fashion figures of the 20th century? And more importantly, will this mystery designer and Della Valle […]