Elsa Schiaparelli made her mark with fashions and accessories that typified the hard chic of the 1930s: they were a mix of erotic daring, irreverent humor, and stylish high spirits.
Schiap’s designs had "her own particular form of ugliness."
Schiaparelli could have been pegged as the queen of trompe l’oeil, creating her own versions of real objects - worn in the unlikeliest of places. Her fashion shows were anticipated like the punchline of a good joke.”
"Salvador Dali, the much-discussed Surrealist painter, was present at the opening to see the youthful black suits with pockets like miniature bureau drawers with dangling handles covering the front of jackets, a hat with a tiny coronet perched on top of a felt crown, gloves with red fingernails or blue veins painted on them.”
Shiarapelli put mauve lipstick on women’s lips, fur gloves that looked like skunks on their hands, leopard fur on their shoes. Purses were replicas of telephones. Hats looked like shoes, airplane propellers, bottles of ink, or a lamp chop, complete with white patent-leather frill over the end of the chop bone.