Elsa Schiaparelli(1890-1973), Fashion designer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Rome, Schiaparelli was a leading fashion designer in the interwar period. To avoid an unwanted marriage, she fled to London in 1913, where she met and married the psychic Wilhelm de Kerlor. In 1916 they left for America; en route she met Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia, who introduced her to Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen - connecting her to London and Paris art circles. Following her divorce in 1924, Schiaparelli returned to Paris and began her fashion house. She took an original approach to traditional fabrics - describing her profession as an art form. In 1933 Schiaparelli opened a London office, with clients including Daisy Fellowes and Wallis Simpson. Cecil Beaton was a frequent collaborator.