Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. She had a way of making every woman want her radical, shocking handbags, hats, and clothing. She once said of her own designs, "It's only tinsel, trash, hardware, street fair showing off!". Well, it was gorgeous trash!
Sometime in high school, I fell in love with all things Schiaparelli. I don't know if it was her signature color, shocking pink, or the fact that she was Italian! I just loved her style and her designs and have been a collector ever since. Eventually, in 1954, she closed her shop in Paris and wrote her memoir, Shocking Life. (I have an original copy!)
In the 1950's Schiaparelli became a houseshold name when department stores began selling her licensed products. Unlike her couture designs, almost everyone could afford her silky lingerie and hosiery bags. There was Schiaparelli stationery, playing cards, costume jewelry, jewelry pouches, perfume, and much more.
You can readily find these items on ebay and in antique shops and flea markets. Pink and aqua blue have always been a favorite color combination for me. I love that she was using these colors decades ago, and now they're so popular again. Everything in fashion is a cycle.
Any other Schiaparelli lovers out there?