New exhibition will explore Dalí’s fashion collaborations with Schiaparelli

  • Words: Spindle

The Dalí Museum in Florida has announced an exhibition that will explore Salvador Dalí’s influence on fashion and collaboration with Elsa Schiaparelli. Later this year, ‘Imagination and Daring: Dalí and Schiaparelli’ will look at the creative relationship between the legendary artist and the Italian fashion designer, who collaborated to create numerous pieces. This will be the first exhibition to explore their creative partnership, featuring haute couture dresses and accessories, jewellery, paintings, drawings, photos and objects, as well as new designs by Bertrand Guyon for Maison Schiaparelli.

Schiaparelli was regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars, having written that she ‘invented’ the dress, and her designs were known for both their exquisite craftsmanship and elegant yet daring aesthetic. She subverted traditional female roles and beauty in her garments with the use of exaggerated and experimental materials, forms, and themes. The haute couturier shared Dalí’s surrealist vision, who she was hugely inspired by, and in their collaborations she transformed his darker creations into whimsical clothing, from lobster dresses to shoe hats. Their work was seen on many iconic women of their day, including Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Wallis Simpson.

‘Imagination and Daring: Dalí and Schiaparelli’ begins 18th October 2017 – 18th January 2018 at the Dalí Museum, Florida. Visit their website for more information.