Elsa Schiaparelli in the Alinari Archives, Florence

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was an Italian fashion designer.  Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli’s designs were heavily influenced by Surrealist painters, like her collaborators Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau. Her clients included the heiress Daisy Fellowes and actress Mae West. Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following WWII and her couture house closed in 1954.
Hat of the italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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Hat of the italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Mandatory photo credit:

Roger-Viollet/Alinari

WARNING:

Permission must be required for non editorial use. Please contact Alinari Archives

Image date:

07/1938

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Marisa Berenson (on the right, born in 1947), American actress, her sister Berry Berenson and their maternal grandmother Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), Italian-born French top designer.

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Marisa Berenson (on the right, born in 1947), American actress, her sister Berry Berenson and their maternal grandmother Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), Italian-born French top designer.

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Roger-Viollet/Alinari

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Permission must be required for non editorial use. Please contact Alinari Archives

Photographer:

Jack Nisberg

Image date:

1965

Collection:

Roger-Viollet/Alinari

The pillar silhouette returns: Lady Lionel Earle in a column dress of black mousseline gaufree by Elsa Schiaparelli.  It is worn together with a Crusades-inspired Ihram of gold filet and pailettes.     Date: 1935

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The pillar silhouette returns: Lady Lionel Earle in a column dress of black mousseline gaufree by Elsa Schiaparelli. It is worn together with a Crusades-inspired Ihram of gold filet and pailettes. Date: 1935

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© Mary Evans / Alinari Archives

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© Mary Evans / Alinari Archives

Two hat designs by the  eccentric and inventive  Elsa Schiaparelli  (Sciaparelli). One has a large  pink hat-band, the other a  short black veil.     Date: 1938

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Two hat designs by the eccentric and inventive Elsa Schiaparelli (Sciaparelli). One has a large pink hat-band, the other a short black veil. Date: 1938

Mandatory photo credit:

© Mary Evans / Alinari Archives

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Permission must be required for non editorial use. Please contact Alinari Archives

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© Mary Evans / Alinari Archives

Elsa Schiaparelli, French needlewoman of Italian origin, in 1936

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Elsa Schiaparelli, French needlewoman of Italian origin, in 1936

Mandatory photo credit:

Roger-Viollet/Alinari

WARNING:

Permission must be required for non editorial use. Please contact Alinari Archives

Image date:

1936

Place of photography

Italy

Personaggio:

Schiaparelli Elsa

Collection:

Roger-Viollet/Alinari

 

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