Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)

Date: winter 1937–38

Culture: French

Medium: wool

Credit Line: Gift of Rose Messing, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.139


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.