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Dali and Schi­a­par­elli to­gether in one ex­hibit.

IMAG­I­NA­TION AND DAR­ING: First-ever Ret­ro­spec­tive Ex­hibit of De­signer Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Artist Sal­vador Dali

De­light in the dar­ing and ir­rev­er­ent works of two cel­e­brated artists when Dali and Schi­a­par­elli opened at The Dali, in St. Peters­burg, FL on Oc­to­ber 18, 2017. The ex­hibit – pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion by The Dali Mu­seum and Schi­a­par­elli Paris fea­tures haute cou­ture gowns and ac­ces­sories, jew­elry, paint­ings, draw­ings, ob­jects and photos, as well as new de­signs by Ber­trand Guyon for Mai­son Schi­a­par­elli. This will be the first ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the cre­ative re­la­tion­ship and works of Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Sal­vador Dali – friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors that set Paris and the world ablaze with their ground­break­ing vi­sions.

Elsa Schi­a­par­elli was re­garded as the most prom­i­nent fig­ure in fashion be­tween the two World Wars. Her de­signs de­lib­er­ately sub­verted tra­di­tional no­tions of women’s roles and beauty, em­brac­ing and ex­ag­ger­at­ing the trans­gres­sive na­ture of fashion. Schi­a­par­elli ex­plored bold Sur­re­al­is­tic themes in her de­signs, heav­ily in­flu­enced by artists, es­pe­cially Dali, with whom she of­ten col­lab­o­rated. The vi­brant col­ors, ex­per­i­men­tal fab­rics and el­e­gant hand­made dec­o­ra­tions set her apart from other de­sign­ers of the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most no­table clients for Schi­a­par­elli’s haute cou­ture de­signs in­cluded the Duchess of Wind­sor, Wal­lis Simp­son; heiress Daisy Fel­lowes; and ac­tresses Mae West and Mar­lene Di­et­rich.

this page: Woman’s Din­ner Dress. Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, Gift of Mme Elsa Schi­a­par­elli, 1969-232-52. op­po­site page: Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Sal­vador Dali, circa 1949. Im­age Rights of Sal­vador Dali re­served. Fun­da­cio Gala-sal­vador Dali, Figueres, 2017.

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