Paris: Musée de la Mode et du Costume, 1984. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s stiff illustrated wraps.
Catalog published in conjunction with a 1984 exhibition on iconic Italian fashion visionary Elsa Schiaparelli’s atelier organized by the Musée de la Mode et du Costume and held at the Pavillon des Arts in Paris. The extensive retrospective presented silhouettes and accessories designed by Schiaparelli herself along with sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, posters, photos, and more. According to artist and Warhol muse Billy Boy’s biography of the designer, the exhibition had an international impact and soon after Schiaperelli’s signature "Shocking Pink" was ubiquitous in the New York and London fashion scenes. This catalog comprises interviews with Schiaparelli's friends and colleagues such as French couture embroiderer Francois Lesage, essays on the designer, including one in English by Billy Boy, and several plates in color and black-and-white of the presented pieces along with drawings by Jean Cocteau and René Bouët-Willaumez, and photos by Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Francois Kollar, and Henry Clarke. Cover illustration by prodigious French artist Christian "Bebè" Bérard. Text in French and English. Light soiling and edgewear. Near fine. Item #5464