Hats | Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930s-1950s

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Elsa Schiaparelli by Corbis, 1949                                     Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli hat photographed by Regina Relang, 1951            Hand hat by Elsa Schiaparelli for Life magazine, 1953
André Caillet: Salvador Dalí’s wife Gala is wearing one of Elsa’s hat designs, 1938
Schiaparelli’s collaboration with Salvador Dali reached the height of Surrealist absurdity in
this high-heeled shoe from winter, 1937-38. The idea for it, as recounted in Dilys Blum’s
authoritative book on the designer, was a photograph of Salvador Dali wearing a shoe
on his head and another on his shoulder taken by his wife in 1933.
Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1937                                                        Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1939
 Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1940                                                   Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1940
Henry Clarke, Elsa Schiaparelli hat, 1950
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Elsa Schiaparelli, Lobster Hat, 1939                           Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat,1946
Schiaparelli outfit by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1939                    Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930s
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Bicorne hats by Elsa Schiaparelli                    Cecil Beaton – Marlene Dietrich wearing Schiaparelli, 1930s
Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue Paris, 1938
 Elsa Schiaparelli by Horst P. Horst, Paris, 1936                            Elsa Schiaparelli
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973) was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel,
her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between
the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli’s designs were heavily
influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau.
 Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and
 her couture house closed in 1954.
Nina Leen, Elsa Schiaparelli testing out hats on the model’s head, 1951

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