Shocking – The surreal worlds of Elsa Shiaperelli
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FR
06.07.2022 – 22.01.2023

Shocking – The surreal worlds of Elsa Shiaperelli<br>Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FR<br>06.07.2022 – 22.01.2023
Elsa Schiaparelli, Details of an evening jacket, Spring 1947
Embroidered silk. Musée des Arts décoratifs © Valérie Belin

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will celebrate the bold and exciting creations of Italian couturière Elsa Schiaparelli (b. September 10th, 1890, Rome – d. November 13th, 1973, Paris), who drew much of her inspiration from her close ties to the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Nearly 20 years since the last retrospective devoted to Schiaparelli at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the time has come to revisit this extraordinary designer’s work, her innovative sense of feminine style, her sophisticated, often eccentric designs, and the thrill that she brought to the world of fashion.

"Shocking ! Les mondes surréalistes d’Elsa Schiaparelli” brings together 577 works including 212 silhouettes and accessories by Schiaparelli herself, displayed alongside iconic paintings, sculptures, jewelry, perfumes, ceramics, posters, and photographs by the likes of Schiaparelli’s dear friends and contemporaries: Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, Meret Oppenheim and Elsa Triolet. The retrospective, a highlight of the 2022/2023 Exhibition Calendar, will also showcase creations designed in honor of Schiaparelli by fashion icons including Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix. Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of the House of Schiaparelli since 2019, also boldly interprets the heritage of Elsa Schiaparelli with a design of his own. The poetic and immersive scenography of “Shocking ! Les mondes surréalistes d’Elsa Schiaparelli” has been entrusted to Nathalie Crinière. The exhibition will be presented in the Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman fashion galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

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Exhibition scenography © Photo : Les Arts Décoratifs / Christophe Dellière

Exhibition scenography © Photo : Les Arts Décoratifs / Christophe Dellière
Elsa Schiaparelli, Boléro Cirque, Été 1938
Broderie de ganse de soie sur crêpe de soie, broderie de fils de soie, lacets, cabochons, perles et miroirs par Lesage. Musée des Arts décoratifs © Les Arts Décoratifs / Christophe Dellière
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

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