Sunday, January 18, 2009

Oh So Fabulous Schiaparelli

The Italian designer, Elsa Schiaparelli 1890-1973, had a love of rich fabrics and her designs frequently had a surreal twist. ( Which means no staid flowers in her designs.) She mixed with the famous cubist and surrealist artists Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia. Fabric and accessories were often designed for her by Dali, Jean Cocteau and Christian Berard.

The scarf pictured is a beautiful twenty-three inch signature square scarf with sold rust border with brown, rust, cream, silver blue squares in the inset made in Japan by Glentex. Hand-rolled, 100% silk. The design is superb. The tiny squares are outlined in varying colors and make the scarf truly come to life with texture and depth.

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