Schiaparelli and Surrealism - Part 3 - Elsa and Jean Cocteau - The collaboration with Cocteau very clearly enters the iconic wardrobe of fashion.
In 1937, her golden age, Elsa used certain drawings by COCTEAU to decorate three of her creations. 1/A gray linen jacket, with an asymmetrical shape, on which stands out a female face whose blond hair spreads over the sleeve. Above the waist a hand holds a handkerchief, one of the great symbols of the surrealist movement, a hand symbol of the tool that makes the expression of art possible. The embroidery work plays with the elements of the garment: golden hair on one of the sleeves, the head resting on one shoulder, one hand at the waist. This is a masterpiece made with different specialties of artists and craftsmen, a transversality of talents that is characteristic of the surrealist movement. 2/A long mauve (or black) evening coat with two feminine profiles on the back which, facing each other, form in the gap between them a vase filled with roses embroidered by Lesage. Always with a trompe l'oeil perspective, we can see either two faces looking at each other or a vase with embroidered artificial roses. All this is underlined by 5 lines which underline the elegance of the lines engaged by the designer. 3/A brooch representing an eye underlined by a pearl which could evoke a tear. These models are of timeless beauty which, for once, contradict Cocteau when he said: "Fashion is what goes out of fashion". - 7 minutes ago