DALI & SCHI­A­PAR­ELLI

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“We are hon­ored to bring the vi­sion and work of Elsa Schi­a­par­elli to the Mu­seum, not only as a col­lab­o­ra­tor-con­fi­dant of Dali’s, but also as an­other ex­am­ple of a dy­namic woman whose aes­thetic and pro­duc­tion con­sti­tuted a cul­tural force,” said Dr. Hank Hine, Dali Mu­seum Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “Hav­ing re­cently opened the Frida Kahlo at The Dali ex­hi­bi­tion, which presents the painfully beau­ti­ful work of Frida Kahlo, we find a type of res­o­nance be­tween these two iconic women: they both re­flected and in­flu­enced the times and so­cial zeit­geist in which they lived and worked.”

Schi­a­par­elli wrote that she “in­vented” her dresses, and the de­signs were known for their el­e­gant and dar­ing aes­thetic com­bined with ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship – a mar­riage of new ideas with tra­di­tional craft. Her de­signs were like the paint­ings of Dali in that they com­bined re­nais­sance pre­ci­sion with wild imag­i­na­tion and dream­like vi­sions. Their fashion and art both de­lighted and shocked the senses and that ap­proach was a trade­mark of their col­lab­o­ra­tions; their works em­bod­ied a sense of free­dom and pos­si­bil­ity that en­livened pop­u­lar cul­ture dur­ing a tu­mul­tuous time.

In 1954, Schi­a­par­elli closed her cou­ture house and de­voted her­self to writ­ing her autobiography – Shock­ing Life – writ­ten in the third-per­son, like Dali’s own bi­og­ra­phy. Af­ter re­main­ing qui­es­cent for more than five decades, Mai­son Schi­a­par­elli was re­opened in 2012 at 21 Place Ven­dome, the very place where Elsa Schi­a­par­elli left it. To­day, Schi­a­par­elli con­tin­ues the de­signer’s legacy by cre­at­ing al­lur­ing and sur­pris­ing de­signs for the Hol­ly­wood elite and pri­vate clients around the world. A se­lec­tion of these

new de­signs in­clud­ing fashion and jew­elry pieces will be fea­tured in the show.

Dali and Schi­a­par­elli will run through Jan­uary 14, 2018, fol­lowed by the open­ing of Dali and Duchamp, which pre­mieres at The Dali on Feb 10, 2018.

The Dali and Schi­a­par­elli ex­hi­bi­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by a cat­a­log with es­says by Dilys Blum, Cu­ra­tor of Cos­tume and Tex­tiles for the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, Dali Mu­seum Cu­ra­tor of Ex­hi­bi­tions Wil­liam Jef­fett, Dali Mu­seum Di­rec­tor Hank Hine, and ex­hi­bi­tion con­sul­tant John Wil­liam Barger III.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is or­ga­nized by The Dali, St. Peters­burg FL in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Schi­a­par­elli, Paris with loans from the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum and oth­ers.

op­po­site page: An­thro­po­mor­phic Cab­i­net. Sal­vador Dali, 1936. © Sal­vador Dali, Fun­da­cio Gala-sal­vador Dali, Artists Rights So­ci­ety (ARS), New York 2017 this page, top: Aphro­disiac Tele­phone (Lob­ster Tele­phone). Sal­vador Dali, 1938. World­wide rights...

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