It was only yesterday that rumours were swirling about Marco Zanini as the new creative director at the House of Schiaparelli. 24 hours later and a release has landed in our inbox that declares Christian Lacroix is designing a one-off collection for the reinvigorated brand. The designs will be shown during Couture Fashion Week in July at 21 place Vendôme, the historical address of the Maison.
Lacroix had this to say about Elsa Schiaparelli: 'In this persona incarnating a true aristocrat, one finds a spirit where mathematics and literature as well as poetry coexist: Elsa is a sacred sphinge who never ceases to interrogate us while offering us new enigmas as answers. Art, theater and cinema… my wish is to reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world.
Lacroix will reinterpret 15 of the brand's iconic creations in homage to the Schiap legend - we're told to think 'glamour, quality and avant-gardism'. This will be followed by a series of contributions by acclaimed contemporary artists in homage to Schiaparelli as 'the very first woman to combine art and couture' - the designer was famed for collaborations with artists Salvador Dali, Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti.
Tod's owner Diego Della Valle brought Schiaparelli in 2006 and confirmed he would be relaunching the French fashion house. It originally closed in the 1950s after struggling to deal with post-war austerity. As for Lacroix, his namesake fashion house closed its doors in 2009 after going into administration. The designer has since been busy designing coins for Monnaie de Paris, uniforms for Air France and costumes for German operas as well as a high-street collection for Desigual. We couldn't be happier to have him back creating fabulous couture.
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