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Elsa Schiaparelli Haute Couture beaded evening jacket from French 1930. Made from cropped sea green silk in short sleeve, collarless with lapel. Having an allover beaded embroidered meandering pattern of bell flowers and roundels in pink and blue beads with coral paillette sequin on a round of tiny bronze iridescent beads, edged in coral orbs, lined in changeable silk faille. Label Schiaparelli Paris. #Fashion #Hautecouture #Elsa #Schiaparelli

This jacket shows how Schiaparelli used historical and traditional embroideries, including magnificent ecclesiastical vestments, as sources of inspiration.

Elsa Schiaparelli was known for smart, sophistacated witty clothes that often incorporated surrealist details. With a flare for theatricality, she often emphasized color and unusual decorative effects. These included the use of zippers, skirt and sweater combinations, and frequent use of her signature color--shocking pink.

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