Design House Schiaparelli French
Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

In her 1954 autobiography, Shocking Life, Schiaparelli recounts a childhood episode in which she plants flower seeds in her mouth so that they will grow into a garden and beautify her face. Evoking that early fantasy, she cut designs from a fabric custom-printed with flower seed packets and applied them in scattershot fashion on this simple summer dress. One appliqué functions as a pocket on the right side. A conspicuous gold zipper runs the full length of the back.

Dress, Schiaparelli (French, founded 1927), cotton, plastic (cellulose nitrate), French

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