Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shocking


Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Elsa Schiaparelli, sometimes called a genius and mostly known as an artist among fashion designers.  Her work continues to inspire designers today and, in some cases, results in outright copying (skeleton dress, for instance).  She was a pioneering genius at branding, endorsing any number of products, fashion- and non-fashion related.   And though her garments were innovative -- from the fabrics to the styling -- her accessories were the height of creativity.

However, her greatest design might have been the life she led, which was extraordinary.  It is encouraging to think of all she was able to accomplish while a single mom during a world war.  I love her message (which is Be Yourself, Be Bold or any translation/interpretation thereof).

I hope today you will spend a little time investigating her work and perhaps checking out her book "Shocking Life," written in 1954.    xxoo

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