Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Italian

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The color of this suit, Schiaparelli's signature Shocking pink, was dubbed thus because it represented her desire to shock those around her with her unique and sometimes avant-garde designs. Her goal was to design clothing and accessories that possessed an artistic aesthetic, rather than the more conventional idea of fashion and beauty. The textural novelty weave Schiaparelli used is an example of her propensity to use interesting fabrics to enliven a simple silhouette. The quirky mermaid ornament is typical of her sense of whimsy and was probably executed by an artist such as Jean Clement or Roger Jean-Pierre who often executed her button and ornament designs.

Suit, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973), cotton, ceramic, French

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