In May 2015, the Roland Garros museum is hosting a temporary exhibition on the theme of Tennis and Fashion.
From the tennis courts to the Haute Couture catwalks, the exhibition weaves a guiding thread between these two worlds, which have inspired each other and today continue to be enriched through their reciprocal influences.
The exhibition opens with a retrospective of city and sporting outfits, from the 1900s to the present, focusing on the major changes in fashion in each era.
A thematic presentation bears witness to the ties formed between sport and fashion. It allows visitors to discover the tennis outfit designed by Elsa Schiaparelli for Lili de Alvarez. In 1931, Schiaparelli created culottes and a removable tunic for the Spanish player, an innovation that made the fashion designer a sportswear pioneer. The tennis player wore this outfit – which was scandalous in its day – for the International French Open at Roland Garros and then the tournament at Wimbledon. The exhibition displays unpublished photos of this design and the original press release.
The Schiaparelli Haute Couture 'Ursa Major’ jewelry collection is inspired by the 7 stars of the Ursa Major constellation which was one of Elsa Schiaparelli's fetish.
As a child, Her uncle who was a famous astronomer told her she was more than unique and lucky as the beauty spots appearing on her cheek formed the shape of Ursa Major...
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The exhibition ‘Mannequins : from the artist’s studio to fetish object’ at the Bourdelle Museum in Paris retraces the history of this ‘Unsettling strange’ studio secret until July 12th, 2015.
With its dramatic design this exhibition includes rare artist’s mannequins dating from the 18th century to present day including Pascal and Pascaline.
Made by Maison Sennelier they were the two favorite mannequins of Elsa Schiaparelli who showcased this couple made of wood in her shop windows of the 21 place Vendôme and even ‘married’ them. All Paris marveled at their surrealistic displays and they rapidly became the mascots of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture seamstresses.
The exhibition is lifting the veil on the relationship between artist and mannequin with nearly 160 exhibits.
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Bertrand Guyon brings his creative energy to the Schiaparelli team, comprised of the design studio and the atelier both located 21, place Vendôme, the very same historical couture house where Elsa Schiaparelli used to work. He will develop the brand’s design where couture rhymes with art and innovation.
« Elsa Schiaparelli is an enchanting couture house. I have always been fascinated by its exceptional legacy, its luminous and intimate story, its quirky and poetic world, its ultimate chic and its endless creativity. I feel honored to be part of Schiaparelli today and develop it further, respecting its heritage and tradition while adding a contemporary and modern take, something Elsa Schiaparelli has always demonstrated. » says Bertrand Guyon.
The first Schiaparelli collection orchestrated by Bertrand Guyon will be presented in Paris next July during Haute Couture week.