Museum of Decorative Arts – Paris: Shocking! The Surrealist Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli

From July 6, 2022 to January 22, 2023, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is honoring the bold and inspiring work of Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian designer whose inspiration was nourished by a privileged relationship with artists from the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Nearly 20 years after the retrospective dedicated to him in 2004, the museum wanted to revisit his work in order to rediscover to the public his innovative fantasy, his taste for the show and his artistic modernity.

Shocking! The Surrealist Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli, brings together 520 works including 272 costumes and fashion accessories, compared with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, perfume flacons, ceramics, posters, and photographs signed by the greatest names of the time, from Man Ray to Salvador Dalí, from Jean Cocteau to Meret Oppenheim or Elsa Triolet. This major retrospective also highlights the legacy of the Schiaparelli style with silhouettes interpreted by famous couturiers paying tribute to it: Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli since 2019, interprets the legacy of Elsa Schiaparelli. The exhibition is presented in the fashion galleries Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman in a poetic and immersive scenography entrusted to Nathalie Crinière.

Schiaparelli Le Roy Soleil

Schiaparelli Le Roy Soleil by Baccarat Salvador Dali photo by Muriel Oghard

Schiaparelli ‘Le Roy Soleil’ by Baccarat Salvador Dali (photo by Muriel Oghard) 

This beautiful perfume bottle was designed by Salvador Dali at the request of the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and made by Baccarat. In the year when World War II came to an end, Dali used the sun to symbolize the joy of peace regained and incorporated it into an image of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who represented the glory of France.

Schiaparelli Le Roy Soleil by Baccarat Salvador Dali

Schiaparelli ‘Le Roy Soleil’ by Baccarat Salvador Dali

Thus, the perfume bottle named ‘Le Roy Soleil’ came into existence. This is one of the most famous and valuable perfume bottles ever produced by an artist.

by Jean Amr