Schiaparelli's collaboration with Salvador Dali 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 Salvador Dali 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 which were suggestive of those belonging to of the voluptuous actress Mae West for whom Schiaparelli was designing movie costumes at the time.
Marking: [label] "Schiaparelli, Wi nter, 1937-38"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "Fashion and Surrealism," October 29, 1987–January 23, 1988.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. ""Shocking!" The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli," September 28, 2003–January 4, 2004.
Musée de la Mode et du Textile. ""Shocking!" The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli," March 17, 2004–August 29, 2004.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. "Dali: Mass Culture," March 5, 2005–June 12, 2005.
Brooklyn Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015.
Salvador Dalí Museum. "Dali and Schiaparelli," October 18, 2017–January 18, 2018.