Meryle Secrest: The Scandals of Schiaparelli
- What:Membership Events
- Where:The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
One of the most extraordinary fashion designers of the twentieth century, Elsa Schiaparelli was an integral figure in the artistic movement of the times.
Her collaborations with artists such as Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti elevated the field of women's clothing design into the realm of art. Her story is on of pluck, determination and talent, with scandal as a touch of spice. The daughter of minor Italian nobility whose disastrous first marriage to a theosophist caused near penury, she transformed herself into a designer of great imagination. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she was one of the few female figures in the field at that time. Join Meryle Secrest, author of 'Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography', as she traces the unfolding of Schiaparelli's dazzling career, revealing the spirit that gave shape to this large and extravagant life and a women - indeed a force - whose vision forever changed the face of fashion and redefined the boundaries of art.
19.00 - 20.00 (talk); 20.00 - 20.45 (refreshments)