Hat, winter 1937–38
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Black wool felt; W. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Gift of Rose Messing, 1974 (1974.139)
Schiaparelli's collaboration with Salvador Dalí reached the height of Surrealist absurdity in this high-heeled shoe from winter 1937–38. The idea for it, as recounted in Dilys Blum's authoritative book on the designer, was a photograph of Dalí wearing a shoe on his head and another on his shoulder taken by his wife in 1933. The hat was made to wear with a black dress and jacket embroidered with red lips that were suggestive of those belonging to the voluptuous actress Mae West, for whom Schiaparelli was designing movie costumes at the time.