Elsa Schiaparelli vintage costume jewellery
Born in Rome, Italy, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) – a talented jewelry designer, worked in a surreal direction that shocked critics in the 1930s. However, her products quickly gained popularity and still admired by modern collectors.
Just like Coco Chanel, Shiaparelli believed that costume jewelry is both an independent art and an integral part of clothing. However, the style of her ornaments has nothing in common. Unlike the elegant classical design of Chanel’s products, the decorations of Schiaparelli made in 1920-30’s had unexpected forms. She used circus and astrological motifs, and the natural forms of flora and fauna acquired an irrational stylized character. The strangest specimens included pea pods as pendants in necklaces and brooches in the form of human eyes… . The apparent authenticity of the forms in these ornaments seemed to dissolve in the unnatural choice and combination of objects.
Undoubtedly, the modernist trend in the art of the twentieth century – surrealism influenced her creativity. Besides, Shiaparelli had creative contacts with the vivid representatives of this dorection. The influence of surrealism on the works of Schiaparelli is most noticeable in her dramatic collection of 1936 “Shocking Pink”. In fact, this color becomes dominant in her decorations.
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