Elsa Schiaparelli's Spirit Reawakened in Paris

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

After decades of silence concerning anything to do with Elsa Schiaparelli, the world-class fashion house will be reopening its operations in Paris to bring the world, yet again, some of the most amazing, influential and significant additions that the fashion world has seen in a very long time. Either that, or their designs will fall flat in the face of 60 years of fashion development. We'll know soon enough.

Shoe hats, lobster dresses, and spiraling goggle glasses could easily be part of a closet inventory belonging to Lady Gaga.

But these objects were all spawned from the mind of another woman, who was born — incredibly — in 1890: the avant-garde Elsa Schiaparelli.

The house of the influential fashion designer, and hated rival of Coco Chanel, is being revived this fall, in one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of 2012 in Paris. There’s been a flurry of activity this year, including actress Farida Khelfa being named as house ambassador.

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