j’adore schiaparelli!

March 8, 2010

this is the apartment of elsa schiaparelli. she was an early 20th century fashion designer. ¬†she used ‘blistered’ rayon as her upholstery fabric in her bedroom pictured here.

i really need a new raincoat, and i’m having trouble coming up with a silhouette. i think i found the fabric, but still…no silhouette. i always like this kind, but it seems better for a winter or fall coat.

when i was in paris and visited the extension of the louvre that is specific to fashion, i was elated to find that the exhibition was that of my favorite designer. i picked up so much stuff in the gift shop and totally didn’t ever want to leave. i wanted to try on all the clothes! beautiful exhibit. anyways…one of the things i picked up was a little blank book with the above image on it…but i still can’t bring myself to use it. it’s soooo cute!

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theatre de la mode.

February 26, 2010

this is from the theatre de la mode. theatre de la mode means ‘theater of fashion’. these 1/3 scale mannequins went on a tour of the world starting in 1946. they were designed by fashion designers, sculptors and set designers in paris in an effort to maintain the city’s reign as fashion capitol post ww2. these mannequins are on permanent exhibit out in eastern washington at the maryhill museum in goldendale.