Shocking! The surreal worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli
In the fashion galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 6 July to 23 January 2023 you can discover the adventurous work of Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli who lived in the Paris of the 1920s and 1930s from which she drew the inspiration for her creations.
An innovator, a lover of the fantasy genre, a great rival of Coco Chanel and a friend of surrealists such as Salvador Dalì and Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli became one of the most influential figures in fashion and art between the two world wars by transforming fabric into a genuine painting canvas.
After a stint in London and New York, she moved to Paris in 1922, where she assisted Man Ray with his magazine Dada Société Anonyme and met Paul Poiret, the famous fashion designer and one of the fathers of modern fashion, who would influence her future career in design and fashion. It was thanks to him that she decided to start her own business, which closed in 1926 due to financial difficulties.
Elsa Schiaparelli, at the cutting edge of modernity
Nearly 20 years after the retrospective devoted to her in 2004, the museum was keen to revisit her work in order to rediscover her innovative exploration of the realm of fantasy, her flair for showmanship and her artistic modernity.
The exhibition “Shocking!” The Surrealist Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli”, brings together 520 works including 272 costumes and fashion accessories, which interact with sculptures, jewellery, perfume bottles, ceramics, posters and photographs by the greatest names of the time, from Man Ray to Salvador Dalí, from Jean Cocteau, to Meret Oppenheim or Elsa Triolet.
This major retrospective also highlights the legacy of the Schiaparelli style with silhouettes interpreted by famous designers paying tribute to her: Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix. Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli since 2019.
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Days and opening hours
From 06/07/2022 to 22/01/2023 between 11 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Late opening on Thursdays until 9pm Closing of the cash desks at 8.15pm Reservations are strongly recommended for weekend visits.
- Full price: 14 €, Reduced price: 10 €.
Free entry for children < 26 years.