Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Woman's Dress Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy), 1890 - 1973 Geography: Made in France, Europe Date: Summer 1937 Medium: Silk crepe with self appliqués and silk velvet ribbon
The swimsuit, Schiaparelli swimsuit style. Elsa Schiaparelli’s famous tromp l’oeil [ meaning – deceive the eye ] sweaters were redesigned by her into beautiful designed knit bathing suits that had a distinctly nautical flavor to them.
Suit, fall/winter Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, Wool Although sinuous curves ruled the evening wear silhouette in the the strong shoulder was a dominant element as well, especially in the crisp suits of Elsa Schiaparelli.
Schiaparelli’s 1937 “Lobster Dress” was the result of a collaboration with famed surrealist Salvador Dali. The lobster painted on the dress by Dali himself was inspired by his 1936 “Lobster Telephone”.