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Daemon
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Elsa Schiaparelli (1890)

After working in the US as a scriptwriter and translator, the Italian-born Schiaparelli settled in Paris and established a house of couture. A daring fashion innovator, she popularized brilliant colors, like "shocking pink," and brought the padded shoulder, synthetic fabrics, and exposed zippers to high fashion. She was also the first couturier to open a boutique offering ready-to-wear clothing. Schiaparelli took much of her inspiration from contemporary art and even collaborated with whom? More...
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Some of these clothes can look really ugly. I cannot imagine any woman who would want to be seen in them.
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Wow! I've just been on google images for the longest time. My mind is blown.
Here we have the items specifically named in the article:

The Lobster Dress


The Tears Dress



The Skeleton Dress (My personal favourite)


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The Shoe Hat



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Plus this lovely thing:


I just love surrealism. In the words of Andre Breton: "Do not kill yourselves, for Surrealism is here".
You've got to have a sense of humour.


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In 1937, Schiaparelli collaborated with the artist Jean Cocteau to design a jacket and an evening coat for that year's Autumn collection. The jacket was embroidered with a female figure with one hand caressing the waist of the wearer, and long blonde hair cascading down one sleeve. The coat featured two profiles facing each other, creating the optical illusion of a vase of roses. (Wikipedia -'Elsa Schiaparelli')

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Woman with bright color. There is just not enough of them!
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Haha! That shoe hat looks so silly. Were those pieces more art than fashion?
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The lobster dress brings to mind plastic picnic tablecloths for Lobster Bakes in Maine.
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Enter Dali -

During the late 1930's Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated with a number of Surrealist artists in Paris like Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti. Elsa followed many of the Surrealism's ideals, crafting many imaginative and creative pieces.

During her collaborations with artist Salvador Dali, some of Schiaparelli's most infamous designs were created. Among these infamous designs were the shoe hat, the Tears dress, and a day suit with pockets simulating a chest of drawers.

Her rival French Fashion Designer Coco Chanel called her a 'Italian artist who makes clothes.'

In 1938 Schiaparelli created a new collection she called Circus. It was the new line that allowed Schiaparelli's creativity to bloom as she introduced new theatrical elements that dazzled many of her public.

Among the Circus collection were the Dali dresses like the Tears Dress. The Tears Dress was a slender pale blue evening gown printed in a Dali design of tromp l'oeil with rips and tears, worn with a thigh-length veil with tears carefully cut out, lined in pink and magenta.

The print was created to give the illusion of torn animal flesh, the tears printed to represent fur on the reversal of the fabric - the whole illusion being on of animal pelts turned inside out.

Dali created three paintings that featured figures in ripped, skin tight clothing suggesting torn flesh. Dali gave on to Elsa Schiaparelli, that is still in the Schiaparelli family entitled Necrophiliac Springtime.

http://fashiondesigners.about.com/od/Couture-Fashion/a/Elsa-Schiaparelli.htm
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Some haute couture outfits are quite ridiculous and no one would wear them, they are more a display of art work and ability of the designer.

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Applause
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As one artist commenting on another's work, excellent and ahead of her contemporary's.
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