18th May 2016Art & Culture
Anatomy of a collection

Who wears what? This is the question asked by the Palais Galliera through the Anatomy of a collection exhibition from 14 May to 23 October 2016. 

From courtly attire to overalls, worn by anonymous figures or celebrities, the exhibition brings together some one hundred items of clothing and accessories retracing fashion from the 18th century to the present day. 

Among the selection on show, we find the famous shoe hat – designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali – worn by his wife Gala during the winter of 1937, along with the well-known “Harlequin” evening coat from Schiaparelli’s Autumn/Winter 1949 Haute Couture collection. These legendary pieces rub shoulders with Marie Antoinette’s corset, Napoléon Bonaparte’s waistcoat, worker’s trousers, a Zouave military uniform, Audrey Hepburn’s suit, a convict’s uniform and Tilda Swinton’s evening pyjamas, to name just a few.

Clothing’s story is told through its wearer…

All the wealth of the Galliera holdings awaits visitors to the exhibition.

12th May 2016VIP
Kirsten Dunst
in Schiaparelli Haute Couture at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

At the 69th Cannes Film Festival’s Chopard Trophy ceremony, actress and jury member Kirsten Dunst was wearing Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016.

She was dressed in a vermeil and navy silk jacquard gown.  

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11th May 2016VIP
Melissa George
in Schiaparelli Haute Couture at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

At the 69th Cannes Film Festival, actress Melissa George was wearing Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016.

She was dressed in a white gown in silk jacquard embellished with soft porcelain guipure. 

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27th April 2016Collections

The colour flashed in front of my eyes. Bright, impossible, impudent, becoming, life giving, like all the lights and the birds and the fish in the world put together, a colour of China and Peru but not of the West – A shocking colour, pure and undiluted.

Elsa Schiaparelli, Shocking Life, 1954

Cosmopolitan, elegant, superstitious and independent, Elsa Schiaparelli was one of those active women who epitomized her time. The Constellation capsule – as part of her 1946 collection – anticipated modern ready-to-wear: 6 dresses, 1 reversible coat and 3 folding hats for less than 12 pounds that could be brought easily, anywhere. Today, Prêt-à-Couture is born out of that subtle mix: perfect citywear peppered with quirkiness and precious details all synonymous with the Schiaparelli style.

An everyday wardrobe is graced with beauty and motifs inspired by foreign or daydreamed lands. The suns of place Vendôme echo the light and colour of Peru. A touch of surrealism and a hint of esotericism transform the house codes into an enchanting flora and an otherworldly fauna. Padlocks, pierced hearts, suns and eyes become poetic characters appearing throughout the collection focusing on jackets, sweaters and couture t-shirts.

Femininity and a free mind-set reveal the Schiaparelli spirit. Sensual materials, relaxed cuts and refined details soften the tension of impeccable masculine tailoring. A structured jacket is embellished with a shadow of embroidery or a winged padlock pocket. A neoprene and silk t-shirt is highlighted by an iridescent sun or an embroidered painting. Cashmere sweaters are spiced up with “exquisite corpses” playing with the Schiaparelli lexicon. 

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Haute Couture | Spring/Summer 2017
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