The Shock of Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli made women feel beautiful, daring and independent—by convincing them to wear insect jewelry, clown prints and shoes on their heads. Schiaparelli (pronounced “skap-a-reli”) routinely made headlines in the 1920s and ’30s, overshadowing rivals like Coco Chanel. Many Schiaparelli designs were so avant-garde that they still have the power to shock, and contemporary designers continue to riff on her […]