Dali and Schiaparelli at The Dali Museum, October 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018

“Delight in the daring and irreverent works of two celebrated artists when Dali and Schiaparelli opens at The Dali, in St. Petersburg, FL on October 18, 2017. The exhibit – presented in collaboration by The Dali Museum and Schiaparelli Paris – will feature haute couture gowns and accessories, jewelry, paintings, drawings, objects and photos, as well as new designs by Bertrand Guyon for Maison Schiaparelli. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to the creative relationship and works of Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali – friends and collaborators that set Paris and the world ablaze with their groundbreaking visions.

Elsa Schiaparelli was regarded as the most prominent figure in fashion between the two World Wars. Her designs deliberately subverted traditional notions of women’s roles and beauty, embracing and exaggerating the transgressive nature of fashion. Schiaparelli explored bold Surrealistic themes in her designs, heavily influenced by artists, especially Dali, with whom she often collaborated. The vibrant colors, experimental fabrics and elegant handmade decorations set her apart from other designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most notable clients for Schiaparelli’s haute couture designs included the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson; heiress Daisy Fellowes; and actresses Mae West and Marlene Dietrich. — The Dali Museum

Woman’s Dinner Dress. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969-232-52.

Aphrodisiac Telephone (Lobster Telephone). Salvador Dalí, 1938. Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2017 / In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL 2017.

Schiaparelli telephone dial powder compact, c. 1935. Courtesy of © Schiaparelli archives.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, circa 1949. Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017.

Anthropomorphic Cabinet. Salvador Dalí, 1936. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017.

Illustration of the Bureau-Drawer Suit, Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 1936-1937. © Schiaparelli.

Woman’s Evening Dress and Veil, (Tear Dress), Summer 1938. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969-232-45a,b.

Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra, 1936. Oil on canvas. Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2017 / In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL 2017.

Woman’s Evening Dress and Veil, (Tear Dress), Summer 1938. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969-232-45a,b.

Tristan and Isolde, 1953. 4.2 cm x 4.5 cm x 1 cm ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artist Rights Society), 2017 / Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2017.

Evening Dress (Skeleton Dress), 1938. Collection of the Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017; Courtesy of © Schiaparelli archives.

Study of figures for Skeleton Dress, 1938. Ink on paper. Collection of the Schiaparelli archives, Paris; © Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2017.

“Le Roy Soleil” magazine advertisement. ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017/ Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2017.

“Le Roy Soleil” perfume bottle by Schiaparelli, 1946. ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017; Courtesy of © Schiaparelli archives

Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2017

Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 2016-17

The exhibition is organized by The Dali, St. Petersburg FL in collaboration with Schiaparelli, Paris with loans from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum and others.

Images courtesy The Dali Museum.