Hats | Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930s-1950s

Elsa Schiaparelli by Corbis, 1949                                     Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli hat photographed by Regina Relang, 1951                                       Hand hat by Elsa Schiaparelli for Life magazine, 1953
André Caillet: Salvador Dalí's wife Gala is wearing one of Elsa's hat designs, 1938 

Schiaparelli's collaboration with Salvador Dali reached the height of Surrealist absurdity in 
this high-heeled shoe from winter, 1937-38. The idea for it, as recounted in Dilys Blum's 
authoritative book on the designer, was a photograph of Salvador Dali wearing a shoe 
on his head and another on his shoulder taken by his wife in 1933. 

Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1937                                                        Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1939  
 Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1939
Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1940                                                   Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat, 1940
Henry Clarke, Elsa Schiaparelli hat, 1950
Elsa Schiaparelli, Lobster Hat, 1939                                                            Elsa Schiaparelli, Hat,1946
Schiaparelli outfit by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1939                    Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930s
Bicorne hats by Elsa Schiaparelli                    Cecil Beaton - Marlene Dietrich wearing Schiaparelli, 1930s 
Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue Paris, 1938                                                                                                                    
 Elsa Schiaparelli by Horst P. Horst, Paris, 1936                            Elsa Schiaparelli  

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973) was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, 
her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between 
the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli's designs were heavily 
influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. 
 Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and
 her couture house closed in 1954. 

Nina Leen, Elsa Schiaparelli testing out hats on the model's head, 1951


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