It’s been fifty eight years since the legendary Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli closed the doors to her history-steeped atelier and home on the 21 Place Vendome in Paris. Once upon a time in the 1930s it was the hub for all things de rigeur; Schiap, as she was fondly known (pronounced ski-ap), was the well-connected and visionary woman to know, and her adventurous clothes and must-have perfumes were all the rage. Forward-thinking Elsa is credited with being the first to create all manner of fashion items and styles we now couldn’t imagine life without (the wedge, the wrap dress, shocking pink... to name a few) but whether you know your Schiap history or not, you’ve probably read and heard a lot of fashion chatter around her name again this year.
The Prada and Schiaparelli exhibition earlier this year at New York’s MET Costume Institute was more than noteworthy and inspired a. Secondly, Diego Della Valle, the CEO of Tod’s SpA is in the process of relaunching the label, along a couture path, with a designer yet to be disclosed. Many have placed their bets on disgraced ex-Dior createur John Galliano, but we’ll find out the final decision in November.
In the meantime, Schiap’s house and atelier is open once more, complete with a loving restoration to evoke her signature style. Guess who got a sneak peek? Grazia! And well, unless you are a couture client who can nip up to the fourth floor for some special treatment, our snaps are the closest you'll get such a fashion mecca. Scroll through the gallery and dream with us! Swoooon.