Portrait of Nusch (oil on canvas) by Pablo Picasso, 1937
Schiaparelli telephone dial powder compact by Salvador Dalí, 1935
Bracelet featuring the face of a chimera or naiad by Alberto Giacometti, 1935
Brooch in the shape of an eye by Jean Cocteau, 1937
Illustration for Schiaparelli gloves by Andy Warhol, 1953
Schiaparelli spiral glasses by Man Ray, 1936
Illustration of the Schiaparelli cape called “Soleil” or “Phoebus” by Christian Bérard, 1938
Long before the reign of designer collaborations (cue Vetements), there was Elsa Schiaparelli and her partnerships with creative artists. The late Italian fashion designer, behind her eponymous, storied Haute Couture house, pioneered the notion of merging fashion with art by collaborating with renowned artists on commissioned work that crossed over into her designs and vice versa. Now, Maison Schiaparelli celebrates the famed affiliations via an e-gallery named “Schiaparelli and the Artists” that can be found on the brand’s redesigned website.
The platform features 21 remarkable artists, namely Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, and Alberto Giacometti—all of whom collaborated with the princess of pink on jewelry designs, commissioned décor, and print advertisements. The resulting pieces drew inspiration from the artists’ works; including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and illustrations.
Among the notable pieces is a pair of spiral glasses by pre-surrealist artist Man Ray, a telephone dial powder compact by Salvador Dalí, and an eye brooch by French writer Jean Cocteau. Brush up on your fashion history ahead of the Schiaparelli Fall 2016 Couture collection today in Paris, and click through the gallery above to view a selection of the e-gallery’s images. Next, watch the animated video by Christian Borstlap that shines a light on the artists below.