April 12, 2013

"Born with raised moles on her cheek that loosely resembled the constellation of The Big Dipper, Schiaparelli didn't have them removed..."

"... rather, she commissioned Cartier to make her a Big Dipper brooch, with diamonds for stars, mirroring the pattern of the moles on her face. Instead of the classic fur coat that Audrey Volk swore by, [Elsa] Schiaparelli designed high-heeled ocelot fur bowling shoes, as well as a hat made out of the taxidermied face of a cheetah whose open mouth looked like it was swallowing Schiaparelli's head."



From an NPR story about Patricia Volk's new book "Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me."

And here's Elsa Schiaparelli's own book "Shocking Life."

The "shocking" business relates to the "shocking pink," the shade of pink used on the box for Schiaparelli's perfume named Shocking, which came out in 1937, when it was possible for a magazine advertisement to look like this:

10 comments:

Darrell said...

Very prescient! Ads warning us of Red "Donkey" Democrat Commie traitors.

If only we listened. . .

David said...

Wearing the head of a Cheetah on one's head is also out of style.

Surfed said...

She belonged to the time between the wars...Al Stewart's album "Between the Wars".

http://al-stewart.freedownloadmp3.net/between-the-wars/

wyo sis said...

It seems art students have been wearing vintage dresses and smoking for quite awhile. Was it annoying and pretentious then too?

ricpic said...

At times the essential craziness of the female goes overt, as in Shiaperelli...and Sebelius. Catch the picture of Sibelius, of course attempting to blame the GOP for the unfolding catastrophe that is Obamacare, on Drudge. If that isn't the picture of a walking horror I don't know what is.

edutcher said...

Wha...?

Mumpsimus said...

"Taxidermied"? Writers who verb nouns should be deathed.

EMD said...

I have no idea what any of this means.

CarolMR said...

Wasn't Elsa the grandmother of Marissa and Berry Berenson?

CarolMR said...

Wasn't Elsa the grandmother of Marissa and Berry Berenson?