New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1954. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board stamped in pink, endpapers printed in pink, original printed dust jacket.
Stated first edition of iconic Italian fashion visionary Elsa Schiaparelli’s autobiography, detailing her life story from her childhood in Rome to where her life stood at the book's publication in 1954. Most recognized for translating surrealism into the world of fashion, "Schiap" led a life as fascinating as her designs. Starting as an actress and philosophy student, she began working in the fashion world by chance, eventually beginning her own design work in the mid-1920s. She pioneered the artist-designer collaboration in the fashion world, working with artists such as Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti and Salvador Dali to create gorgeous (and often outrageous) garments. "Shocking" became her trademark, because of her designs, but also for her use of "shocking pink," originally inspired by her client Singer sewing machine heiress Daisy Fellowes's 17.27-carat pink diamond, the "Tête de Belier." Illustrated with Pcolor and black-and-white photos, drawings and reproductions throughout, including vignettes by French fashion illustrator Christian Bérard. Offsetting to endpapers from binder's glue, top corner of upper board gently bumped; unclipped dust jacket moderately chipped at spine-ends and flap folds, with celotape residue to verso, and overall rubbing. Withal, a very good copy of a book seldom found in nice condition. Item #1819