Elsa Schiaparelli was the first designer to give a theme to her collections. The Astrological collection of Winter 1938/39 was inspired by starry nights, the Milky Way, the Sun King, constellations, astronomy and astrology. As a child, she was very fond of her famous astronomer uncle, Giovanni Schiaparelli (who discovered the canals on Mars). As explained in her autobiography Shocking Life, her uncle described the beauty spots on her left cheek as resembling the constellation Ursa Major.
Today, Schiaparelli presents the Zodiac clutch reworking the house’s symbols of Ursa Major and astrological signs. Made-to-order so that one can have its own sign embroidered, it comes in midnight blue double satin highlighted by luminescent embroideries of crystals, caviar beads, golden metal plate and silver thread. True to its original astrological motif once again embroidered by Lesage, the clutch is framed in hammered metal with a golden retractable chain.
Sun, moon, stars and Ursa Major align with your own glyph of the zodiac on this ultimate evening accessory.
Exclusively available at Schiaparelli salons-boutique, 21 place Vendôme.
in Schiaparelli Haute Couture at the Golden Globes party
At the Golden Globes party, actress Yara Shahidi appeared in Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-17.
The Black-ish star was wearing a dress in fringed iridescent pink rhodoid tulle and golden leather.
A great couturier and visionary artist, Elsa Schiaparelli brought an artist’s sensibility to 20th century fashion. She was the first to assign a theme to her Haute Couture collections starting in the early 1930s.
Her Winter 1938-39 “Astrology” collection was inspired by the solar system, constellations, astronomy and astrology. The Zodiac jacket is her most iconic design and most personal expression of this theme. The embroidery by the House of Lesage set against a midnight blue background outlines “caviar” beaded galaxies, gold and silver planets, crescent moons, swirling rhinestone comets and shooting stars. Twelve embroidered glyphs representing the signs of the zodiac adorn the front of the jacket.
As a child, Elsa felt a deep affection and immense admiration for her uncle, Giovanni Schiaparelli, the renowned astronomer. In her autobiography, Shocking Life, Elsa Schiaparelli recounts that her uncle told her the beauty marks on her cheek were arranged like stars forming the Ursa Major constellation. Embroidery depicting this House of Schiaparelli emblem also illuminates the jacket’s left shoulder.
Today, the House of Schiaparelli is turning the spotlight on this iconic Zodiac jacket. Available in a new limited edition with a re-proportioned cut and decidedly modern feel, the jacket’s extraordinary embroidery remains unchanged once again entrusted to the masterful craftsmanship of the House of Lesage.
Starring Sabine Getty, the limited edition shows its timeless allure from day to night.
Exclusively available at Schiaparelli, 21 place Vendôme.