As I gazed into each vitrine, I found myself consistently enraptured by Schiaparelli's artistic vision, fabrics, and exquisite draping of the female form (see the evening gowns below). I would have worn so many items in a heartbeat! Prada, while fascinating and occasionally fabulous, not so much. What do you think?
Left: Schiaparelli gown with faux-pleat fabric. Above left: her signature embroidered jackets.
Schiaparelli dressed many celebrities, such as Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Mae West. The trend continues today, with actors such as Carey Mulligan sporting Prada couture.
permanent collection of her couture.
"Schiaparelli’s career is a closed ouevre; we can see its full arc and her place in modernism, which is significant, not to mention fabulous. I’d rather look at her clothes than at work by most of her Surrealist buddies, Dalí, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti among them. By contrast Ms. Prada’s career is still, for all its fame and influence, a work (not to mention a zillion-dollar business) in progress."—New York TimesFurther reading, available on our website: Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion; Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress. Frida's Wardrobe: Fashion from the Museo Frida Kahlo; Taste the Fashion; John Bates: Fashion Designer; Jean Muir: Beyond Fashion; Lucien Lelong.