DALI & SCHIAPARELLI
“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...