An imaginative place for two extraordinary stars of the 20th century: Dalí and Elsa Schiaparelli
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, hosts the “Dalí and Schiaparelli, In Daring Fashion” exhibition until January 14th. This special location, with its visionary architecture, is home to the most important art collection in the world by the Catalan master, with over 2,000 works – 96 of which are oils – and also watercolors, drawings, sculptures, prints, and objects in a unique sequence that recounts his entire artistic story. This is where Dalí’s surrealist view approaches the world of Elsa, his dear friend, with whom he worked for years, giving life to a new fashion history. They shared a vision of the world that was outside of the box and reached beyond the conventional. She was ready to welcome the provocations of artists, translating them into accessories and dresses, creating a manifesto of modernity: Dalí with the famous shoe-hat and his equally famous use of lobsters, symbols that clashed with the conformism of the time. Elsa loved saying, “Dress designing is to me not a profession but an art. I found it was a most difficult and unsatisfying art because as soon as the dress is born, it has already become a thing of the past. A dress cannot just hang like a painting on the wall or like a book remain intact and live a long and sheltered life.”
Also on exhibit, several works by Bertrand Guyon – Creative Director for the Schiaparelli Maison – who, with extreme care and wisdom, is capable of redesigning Elsa’s fantastic world, a trademark owned by the Diego Della Valle Group.